Poem: “Nothing Lies in Silence Long”

Nothing Lies in Silence Long

Hold up your hand or stamp your foot
A movement makes the mountains tremble,
Footfalls stop the rising sun
If in the place and time most fragile

I saw the truth of this today
When something dead began to breathe,
A memory I once retained
Took up a thread, began to weave

When there were three one woman combed
One spun, one fixed the warp and weft,
If there be rising from the tomb
And only woven grave clothes left

Then Christ must live and so must we
And nothing lies in silence long,
A slave of evil must go free
The weak become the strong

                     May 23, 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."