Poem: “A Silver Fence”

A Silver Fence

A silver fence invisible
A wedding couple will contain
Although their rings perceptible
Guard the fingers of their veins

Christ the shepherd wedding guest
Rings them in the sanctuary
Where the Eucharist is blessed,
The sheepfold of fidelity

Rings of silver need require
On the fingers of the heart
Nothing round against the fire
Burning where the deserts start

But if a ring has been removed
Rings of silver downward fall,
A wilderness against their love
Will overcome that silver wall

Likewise in the dreams of one
Who in the night a ring removes
A demon of the night may come
Unless by Christ is it is reproved

March 31, 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."