Poem: “In Company with Angels”

In Company with Angels

Hope in a small bee
The immortal leaves of the holly
The abdomen, gold and black
Tapered and oval
Shine in the April sun
And the deep green unchanging leaves
Stiffened, smooth
Unfold and spread to the stream of light

Everywhere around and in
Death and immortality
Dread in us and hopefulness
Faith and charity
For if the insect needs no faith
You who see it can be faithful
And if you are not beautiful
The bee and holly show in light their mystery
All together one and woven
Ancient and new born

See the New Jerusalem
Descending in the sea of light
Not alien, reciprocal
Implicit and original
But love’s new capital
Streets where you have walked before
Strolling with the host of heaven
Praising God in company with angels

April 17, 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."