Poem: “Saint Teresa of Jesus”

Saint Teresa of Jesus

This present life we live, she said
A darkness at a lousy inn –
Have you no patience then?

Bedbugs scuttle in the bed,
God send us the morning sun –
When is dawn? This night is long

Just one night, a restless dream,
It will be shorter than it seems
And then depart, be strong

Wake up, the landlord at the door
Brings messages of joy and peace,
Arise, the dark has ceased!

Waiting at the open gate
The horses of the morning wait –
Rejoice! You are released!

Horses of the morning pull,
The table of the saints is full
And on the morning light they feast

July 14, 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."