Poem: “Te Deum”

Te Deum

Imperium recedes,
Two thousand years ago
God began to bleed –
Benedic, anima mea, Domino

The tree receives the ax,
Demons strike a blow,
Furious they hack –
Benedic, anima mea, Domino

Furious they strike,
Merciful it flows,
Who can bleed the like?
Benedic, anima mea, Domino

Wounded is the tree,
Wounded it will grow,
Praise the Trinity –
Benedic, anima mea, Domino

July 29, 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."