Poem: “Wakes the Dead”

Wakes the Dead

War will come again
No one has abolished war
And you are fit for service

At home or in the field
In the city street
Or in the office

The sweet wine of the past
Gives heavy sleep and vivid dreams
But the bitter cup forthcoming
Wakes the very dead

November 7, 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."