Poem: “Return”


A star smile surprise,
From me untimely ripped,
Tore the wind with
Moments of unsilence, then
Severed a startled sullen sky,
Rising, careening, disappearing.
I moaned forever.
Left cleft, gored, jagged,
One searing, souless scar,
Mined like a fertile shaft
Through a seam of precious gems,
My stellar pebble dug and chiseled,
Without caress,
Sundered and valued for demons.
But the star smile, laughing, unfailing,
Comes hourly promising me whole holy.
A comet encompassing, circling,
Blazing, coruscating, warming,
So soothing.
Quietly, only I hear,
“I am your smile and you are mine,
Name me forever for love.”

Guy McClung

Guy McClung, J.D., Ph.D. received his law degree from the University of Texas and his doctorate in philosophy from Rice University, with a specialization in the philosophy of law. Unable to give up his day job as a patent attorney, he writes in his spare time unless that time is spent with his wife of forty-two years who is pointing him toward heaven. His bedtime reading is St. Thomas Aquinas and the Fathers of the Church.