Ash Wednesday


Earth tilts and
winter passes.
Now is the time
for ashes.

Searing songs
cremate the pain.
Wavering palms

From ash to ash
to God we call.
From dust to dust
we rise and fall,

and reaching high
beyond our grasp
our souls ascend
to brighter paths.


2 thoughts on “Ash Wednesday

  1. I am struck by the similarity in feel to the 23rd Hexagram of the I Ching. One welcomes the breaking apart that will clear the way for the new path to be made.
    I also feel the calm acceptance, the serenity of knowing that this is merely a moment in the great cycle.
    The sweep of the imagery, from the planet tilting to the falling of ashes to dust creates in me a feeling of something quiet and grand happening.

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