confirm our song and lead our feast

Excerpts from Royal Hours on the Eve of the Theophany (Epiphany). [Served on Friday, January 5, 2018. © 2006 The Orthodox Church in America.] The river Jordan was turned back by the mantle of Elisha, after Elijah had been taken up to heaven. The waters were parted in two, and the stream became a dryContinue reading “confirm our song and lead our feast”

we cram our closet with sunrise

Poem by Joanie Mackowski. From the Poetry Magazine. Epiphany A momentary rupture to the vision: the wavering limbs of a birch fashion the fluttering hem of the deity’s garment, the cooling cup of coffee the ocean the deity waltzes across. This is enough—but sometimes the deity’s heady ta-da coaxes the cherries in our mental slotContinue reading “we cram our closet with sunrise”

airy abeles set on a flare

The magi would have understood this imperative to look at the stars. Abeles (or white poplars) are a Eurasian salicaceous tree (Populus alba) having palmately (“like a palm with fingers extended”) lobed leaves covered on the underside with dense silvery-white hairs. Flares are “a fire or blaze of light used especially to signal, illuminate, orContinue reading “airy abeles set on a flare”