Poem: “The Day Before They Fall”

The Day Before They Fall

It is enough to follow
The autumn of the trees
To know the heart is shallow
And heaven will not please

Although a time of ruin
Might seem to be a curse,
The happiness of heaven
Would cause the heart to burst

Enough to see in glory
The deepest gold of all,
The leaves of hickory
The day before they fall

October 22, 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."