Poem: “Mystery Tremendous”

Mystery Tremendous

Doorway but no door
And yet no entrance in,
Chamber but no floor,
Windows in the wind

O mystery tremendous
Of which there is no telling,
People all around us
Celled in separate dwellings

Will there be release
When all has come to be
And separateness has ceased?
Tremendous mystery

Will all the houses empty
And bodies then come out?
Who will be the sentry
With his triumphant shout?

August 11, 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."