Poem: “A Hymn to the Sacrifice”

A Hymn to the Sacrifice

I saw the truth of it
Of death’s imprisonment,
A circle under circles
In the darkness of the devils

Round and round a sphere was cast
In the future and the past,
Unbreakable and thick
Except by flame and candle wick

God’s magnificence descending
From a glory never-ending –
Life by life was sent
Through that dark integument

In that flesh and in that prison
Of the heart they made incision,
In whose hands and in whose feet
Wood and flesh and iron meet

June 30, 2011

Pavel Chichikov is a Washington DC-based poet and photographer. He has written for both the secular and the Catholic press on issues as diverse as Russian nuclear weapons systems, Olympic athletes, and miracles. His books include From Here to Babylon: Poems by Pavel Chichikov,  Lion Sun: Poems by Pavel Chichikov, Mysteries and Stations in the Manner of Ignatius, and Animal Kingdom. Pavel may be heard reading his works on catholicradiointernational.com and on pavelreads.com. His poetry regularly appears on "The Poetry of Pavel Chichikov."