Poem: “Earendel is Here…”

Earendel is Here…
éala éarendel engla beorhtast / ofer middangeard monnum sended
– Cynewulf

Earendel is here,
But not where you might find him
In Tolkien’s Silmarillion
Nor in a barque or nao
A jewel in the prow
But in another sphere
Earendel is here

In orbit overhead
Like meteors that streak their trails
And yet behind a veil
Goes indistinct
As if the messenger had winked
Before again it sped
In orbit overhead

Unless you synchronize
Your vision with the streak
No matter how your seek
To see the ship
Beneath the night it slips
Your seeing it defies
Unless you synchronize

July 2, 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."