Pass slowly

Pass slowly over me


Blue and pearl of July sky


Lift from this day


A living crown of summer’s leaves


And place it on my hidden head


As lasting ghost of sky that shone



This done, let me pass this way 


When days are dark and short


And ground is mud and slush


When man and dog have weary feet


Their homeward trek near ended 


To wooden fire that warms the soul



With shortened strength in darkening eve


Let me pause a breath, remembering


And reaching back, pull down that crown


Then, for a heartbeat, blaze within


Uniting dark and light in song of human tide


Whose role and right is seeing both.



©Stephen Tanham 

19 Comments on “Pass slowly over me

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