Poem: “Stars of Mercy”

Stars of Mercy

What strange dreams, what nightmares!
Aztec temples and cathedrals,
Pyramids and blazing terrors,
Fortresses, Great Walls

And yet three horses graze at night
Beneath the silent quarter moon,
Rivers flow of endless light,
Shine as smooth as stone

For one such night I would give all
The temples to the sun
To watch the stars of mercy fall
And count them one by one

September 18, 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."