evening, munsterkerk roermond – seasonal remnants: four haiku

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round the munsterkerk

the Christmas market’s dark, stands

and stalls shuttered up:

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seasonal crowds withdrawn

– spaces of singular silence –

no one left but us

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contemplating change

in the temples of our heart

where gods die and live

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lamps hung from abbey trees,

spotlit abbey walls, cast light

over us remnants.

Comments

  1. James Wood says:

    The theme of light, struggling to illuminate the people in that “Christmas market”.

    Powerful seasonal sentiments, unsentimental and clear, complementary to your Winter Solstice poem from last week – where the light was similarly looking to shine! I enjoyed the image of Wotan and his Wild Hunt in that one, a pagan counterpoint to the imagery of light which is common to the Christian and indeed all religious traditions.

    It’s heartening to know that there is a poet whose poetry still engages with these radical, fundamental spiritual themes.

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