Poem: “Untold”


The shrilling of the wren so loud
Surrounded by a hollow bird,
A nest in which a voice resides,
A life that has a life inside

So the spirit in the flesh
A hollow with a living guest,
Spirit hatches, fledges, flies,
May be of no or any size

As we are small the soul is great
Compressed into a solid state,
But when released the soul expands,
Dimensionless it wakes and stands

And every bird and every soul
A metaphor for what’s untold

June 3, 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."