Poem: “Those I Love”

Those I Love

That dark trail
As thick dusk solidifies
Beneath the tall trees
Cathedral or tomb of memories

Then to break through
At the uphill end of the track
To the green meadow and the open sky
To see spread overhead heaven’s bright work

Those strong swift clouds in the light
And how they move, how high,
If by this alone, this sight
I would have hope for those I love who die

May 17, 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."