Convocation – a poem by Susan Cossette

Breck School, 2019
Carillon bells summon silence as sun streams
through the wood-beamed windows,
illuminating small children in fresh-pressed plaid,
sat straight in freshly oiled oak pews.
The altar mosaic speaks
Greek, Spanish, English, Chinese, Arabic.
God is love.
We gather in this sacred place,
each of us precious and unique,
a delicate lace cell in the ecosystem
anticipating new beginnings.
We are safe in traditions.
We are equal parts of the whole.
We know we can always start over,
to welcome the world as a child and realize
there are many paths to God, 
many names for God.
And infinite hopes for redemption.

Susan Cossette lives and writes in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Author of Peggy Sue Messed Up (2017), she is a two-time recipient of the University of Connecticut’s Wallace Stevens Poetry Prize. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Rust and Moth, Vita Brevis, Adelaide, Clockwise Cat, Anti-Heroin Chic, Amethyst Review, Ariel Chart, Poetica Review, Crow & Cross Keys, Loch Raven Review, and in the anthologies Tuesdays at Curley’s and After the Equinox.

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