To be in black

To be in black

To be in black on the Lord’s day.

A  dry and arid place

when the oasis is in sight

but held at a distance

by circumstance and happenstance

twin dictators of mood and heart.

To be in black on the Lord’s day

In a walled room devoid of light,

cringing within shadowed soul

wounds weeping

a hearts cry away from God.

To be in black on the Lord’s day.

When all the screams of life

deafen in tidal flood

blind in binding fear.

A dumb breath-sucked vacuum

where life is somewhere else

where reality is a God away

and these limbs are useless to move me there.

To be in black on the Lord’s day.

When the spirit battles to say its yes

to all things good and love-cared

and somehow falls under the weight of effort.

To be in my dark room seeing your light

its single ray stretching to me




And the heart makes its cry

on the Lord’s day.

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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 His blog of ekphrastic* poetry is: 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 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': 'a River of Small Stones': 'by still waters' : 'a River of Small Stones ii': *ekphrastic means using one form of art to inform another – Keith uses his own photography as that base on this blog.

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