Poem: “Down From the Night”

Down From the Night

A humid night, a balmy dusk,
Fireflies on summer leaves
Bear flashing likeness to the stars, but how
Do rising stars resemble these?

Think now, think, how can it be
That suns can glow like fireflies,
Attracting what above themselves,
Flashing, burning as they rise?

Both are temporal and pass –
So one light then can weigh with many
Billions in a nightlessness –
Small difference if any

And yet they signal, both by light –
What mate or meeting do they call?
Down from the fertile summer night
The everlasting falls

June 18, 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."