Architectonics – a poem by Jonathan English

Architectonics

Across the threshold
into semidarkness alight
with pearly haze,
the outer world stilled
for a moment, so
one enters timelessness.

Moving on across ancient stone
your gaze ascends higher,
and higher still,
until you know your
smallness, human scale.

Silence is here nearly,
only footfalls, fidgets,
solitary, sacred sighs,
sound may be a trumpet blast,
the human voice a noble instrument
again.

In the shadows too
light blazes bright,
the candles in alcoves
arrayed, flaming constellations,
sparkling symmetry.

Too straight for earthly cavern
the path proceeds linearly,
you advance,
all that is past
behind
all else ahead.

The inevitable intersection approaches
line perpendicular to line
as if the earth’s four corners lead
to collision, confrontation;
You approach the center,
stand in the crossroad
all directions visible forever
the convergence of all suffering.

And here at the
center
the chaos in your heart
staggers and stills,
eclipsed by a greater
suffering
than you have ever known,
all reality concentrated—

…………………..Here

……………………………………Now

…………………..Wait

…….Think

…………………..Feel

Planets, stars, spheres,
galaxies, from the beginning,
circling the center,
all are called and recalled
each in its orbit—radiant halo
speaking glory to the ends of space
to the end of time,
a Copernican revolution
it may take you
ages to comprehend.

And you know the center
holds forever, adamantine
record of human error,
Humanity’s Hope
broken and unbroken
eternal.

Lightly, softly—
new,
you withdraw,
re-cross the threshold, flow
back into time
and human frailty,
still echoes of eternity following after

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Jonathan English works as a lawyer in Washington, DC, playing a bit part in our common quest for justice.  He also writes short stories, poetry, and other creative genres, besides writing on law.

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