Poem: “Enduring One”

Enduring One

It can’t be called, but it must come
As rain arrives when sleepers sleep
And wake to hear the roaring of
The river’s flood when it runs deep

It can’t be named but it must speak
The secret name, the unconfined
Until itself reveals itself –
The naming of it is not mine

Even prophets wait for long
Until a whisper passes by
To say Elijah, patient one,
Enduring, waiting, it is I

August 15, 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."