Poem: “You and I Alone”

You and I Alone

In this desert nothing lives but prophecy,
Lightning in the sterile sky but never rain,
Search the future in the desert secrecy,
Torah of the line of the horizon

Turn around the circle that you turn,
There is the far meniscus of the shape
Of earth that has been molten till it burns,
Smokes along a surface like a griddle cake

What silence do you hear, what silent verse?
(The heated sun has risen from the stone)
The voice of God it is and small and terse:
You and I Elijah, you and I alone

March 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."