Building a Cathedral – a poem by Diane Elayne Dees

Building a Cathedral

When warming up your voice, it’s almost like you’re building a cathedral inside your skull.            -Bjork

Sunshine pours through flashed glass,
windows gleam rainbow hues;
they pry open the sky 
for a holographic entry
to the hidden place
where we are part of All That Is,
and All That Is is part of us.
Up one octave, then the next, 
higher and higher, then the final climb
to the sacred spire, where sounds
at once primeval and ethereal 
ring through the atmosphere,
vibrating the polished beams.
Then silence—as the brightest of lights
shines upon calcinated limestone,
illuminating the Carver’s signature.

Diane Elayne Dees is the author of the chapbooks, Coronary Truth,The Last Time I Saw You, andThe Wild Parrots of Marigny. Diane, who lives in Covington, Louisiana, also publishes Women Who Serve, a blog that delivers news and commentary on women’s professional tennis throughout the world.

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