San Francisco de Asis de Ranchos de Taos

The light fades
and shifts endlessly
bringing to life new forms
constantly changing and shaping the power and meaning
of what is revealed
First light in june speaks of long days of pacing oneself to meet the sunset still standing
September dusk begins to tell of gathering wood and bringing in the harvest from the coming storms

The ice that forms on the beard of old man winter
will tell a whole new tale
He will bring a fresh load of mystery down
from the frozen lands in the north
causing us to turn within ourselves
and squint at the light reflected from his frost
Showing us the world in stark, contrasting form.

I sit and marvel at this edifice of sticks and mud
built by man to withstand the ravages of time and war
and to glorify his god
Given strength with straw
of all things

Every spring a group will form
to tend and caress their history
with fresh mud
and straw
Presided over by the fathers
who add the straw
in solemn, measured handfulls
as if they know
exactly how many strands are needed
and are counting each as it falls
into the box of sand and clay
gathered from a secret place
where the color is just so
It is a point of pride for the parishioners
and a holy communion
between god and mud and man
and straw
I cannot forget the way the light struck that golden straw
and made it seem to glow with it’s own holy light
as it fell from the fathers hand
as if it had come
from the very manger that their savior was born in
imbued with his grace
miracle straw, holding it all together

Now, as winter approaches
the once smooth surface is already worn
by the wind and the rain that fell through the year
Still, the edifice stands
prepared to weather the storms of winter
to hold the warmth of faith
and the candle of hope
safe within its earthen walls
for another year
content in its knowledge
that it is a holy place
and the parishioners will not let it fall.


3 comments on “San Francisco de Asis de Ranchos de Taos

  1. Denny Lyon says:

    A wonderful piece of inner beauty on so many levels!

    How about installing an Add This share button under each post? I’d be glad to promote this piece up on StumbleUpon where there are a lot of poetry readers who would also enjoy it. Make sure you place a copyright on it too.

    As to Blogger vs. WordPress: Never got started on WordPress because of all the many issues. Blogger has minor issues from time to time yet has provided me with plenty of fun, adding code from all over the web on all my blogs. “… and a good time was had by all…”

    Have a great day and keep writing great poetry!

    • I’ll look into it Denny. I got a little spoiled running a self-hosted WP blog with all my fun plugins that automatically did such things without me having to insert code all over the place. Thank you for your kind words:)

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