Early morning prayer

The expression of light before it breaks:
a black sky open to distant heavens;
the shocking nudity of pale tree limbs
displayed against a deep cloud canvas.

Within and without lie in such balance
for a moment I can see your face
and mine, double exposed in a window pane,
each glassy image less solid than the other.

Inside the chapel, a dark-robed nun conceals
a day-bright torch within the folds of her breviary.
A tall, tarnished figure presides in silence.
The cross, burnished brass, veils its glory
in the shadow of scant sacrifice,
the inevitable tribute of a solitary candle.

About Rosalind C Hughes

Rosalind C Hughes is a priest and author living near the shores of Lake Erie. After growing up in England and Wales, and living briefly in Singapore, she is now settled in Ohio. She serves an Episcopal church just outside Cleveland. Rosalind is the author of A Family Like Mine: Biblical Stories of Love, Loss, and Longing , and Whom Shall I Fear? Urgent Questions for Christians in an Age of Violence, both from Upper Room Books. She loves the lake, misses the ocean, and is finally coming to terms with snow.
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