Poem: “Permission”


The paper which I carried said that I
Was qualified to board the plane and fly,
But at the boarding station what I heard,
Was: Monsieur would request of you a word:

I tell you frankly, said and laughed Monsieur,
I really don’t know what you’re doing here,
You have not been so authorized to go
Aboard, you must for now remain below

Though before I thought I had prepared
Permission through a sorrow seldom shared,
It seems that I must wait for now until
I have been called, departure at His will

O Lord my God, my Savior sweet and kind,
You know each sway and movement of the mind,
But I not knowing yours must patient stay,
You will not let me early go my way

October 24, 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."