If I had an angel I would take him into the night, this night – the oh so quiet night. I would show him the friendly frames of Oak and Willow and Chestnut, companions through the year, dressed and undressed – now in their outlined beauty. And I would pause him to listen and strain for the call of the owl. But most of all I would show him Selena, veiled by the delicate tracery of clouds; that lacy garment sliding gently over her so that – gasp – we catch a glimpse of her. Selena full and glowing – beautiful, so beautiful. Briefly, then covered once more as modesty dictates. But we saw her. We saw her. She shone on us – us! She lit our faces – ours. And we would smile and smile and know ourselves blessed.
[Inspired by Rilke and his Ninth Duino Elegy ‘Praise this world to the angel’]
Dedicated to my friends at choir – a lost bank card and a missed train meant that I couldn’t make it tonight. But the evening was put to good use!
‘Full Moon’ photo by Jaime JaimeJunior, PublicDomainPictures.net