Ascension

artwork by KW

At Bethany,

He is there

but gone,

He leaves

but doesn’t go.

 

The broken sky gapes wide,

a curtain torn again-

and the crack in the wounds of time

begins its healing

with the dressing

of a cloud.

 

There is no fanfare

at this pseudo departure

no sounding of bells

or beating of drums,

no salute of guns

to roar the air with their invasion,

no wail of mourners

nor wine-fed wake.

 

There is only

the drumming of heartbeat

as the words of blessing fade.

There is only

the turning to a page

saying death is not the end.

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About Keith Wallis

Keith Wallis Keith Wallis is an English poet. He is a senior part of the leadership team of Houghton Regis Baptist church. An engineering designer by trade he brings a eye for detail as well as faith into his poetry. He is currently ‘poet in residence’ at Ruby e-zine and a moderator at ChristianWriters.com. His blog of ekphrastic* poetry is: http://wordsculptures-keith.blogspot.com where you’ll also find links to his books and his other blogs. Married to Val in 1970 he has two sons and three grandsons. The eldest grandson is disabled and cannot communicate verbally. Val is a literacy teacher and occasionally despairs of her husbands rebellious use of punctuation. Though not an ‘academic’ (school was a disaster) he was always fond of writing. He began submitting work for publication in the 1980’s after being encouraged by David R Morgan at that time the local community writer in residence. A number of small press magazines and anthologies took the work (poetry and graphics). Four small booklets were published over the following few years, three published by Stride Publications and one by Sol Publications. Joining ChristianWriters.com in 2005 (and subsequently becoming a moderator) re-energised his writing. Recently work has published by: RootsWorship, EveryDayPoets, PoetryMonthly International, Word Catalyst Magazine, The Cypress Times, Christian Poet's Pen, Perpetual Magazine, Bewildering Stories, FaithFilledFamily magazine and Ruby magazine. Recent books : 'in moments like these': http://www.blurb.com/bookstore/detail/2004342 'a River of Small Stones': http://www.blurb.com/bookstore/detail/1943350 'by still waters' : http://www.blurb.com/bookstore/detail/1488528 'a River of Small Stones ii': http://www.blurb.com/bookstore/detail/2419455 *ekphrastic means using one form of art to inform another – Keith uses his own photography as that base on this blog.

4 thoughts on “Ascension

  1. Keith Wallis Post author

    Thanks both.
    I agree that ‘pseudo departure’ is a bit cumbersome (albeit accurate !) but heartbeat doesn’t work for me as it already appears and duplication has no purpose in this case.

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