doxology from a walk between thundershowers during the coronavirus lockdown Leland Seese o winds o winds contagious bring blight in maple spring savagery on crabapple six mortuary crows fastened in blank branches half-notes dancing on a staff o winds in omen come portend libera me Domine welcome us ice pellet pelted beestung fingertips who dash into your doorways hurry home young mother red cheek rag doll child held to breast shout for your dear life beloved brother ventilator isolate now comes sunlight rainbow in paradisum dedicant agneli in tuo
Regarding Heaven Leland Seese I am certain of this, regarding heaven: we will not be interrupted. You and I in each other’s sightline, your eyes deflect from mine, a winter wren now driven by its tiny fear into deer fern, into salmonberry stems, a larger interruption, death— its death, your death, mine. Of heaven I am certain. I was carried once, perhaps to Paul’s third heaven. What happens there is nothing interrupts. I don’t mean you’re not cut off from how your heart— No, the wonder of your flight, wordless out beyond horizon of your flesh, your soul at zenith, unbounded rhythm of our two bound bodies. Nothing means that every layer of your being becomes singular and simultaneous— an orchestra full bloom, notes shimmering from strings, wrung roundly out of bells of horns, each a perfect instance of itself, and all made one— a coral and a reef. I see you not by sightline, hear delight in tumbled utterance, rolling over stones like water— a pattern in joy-knitted words shedding overcoats of grief, unleashing bright box kites. a hart so still it’s nothing more than its own breath uninterrupted.
Leland Seese’s poems appear or are forthcoming in RHINO, The Chestnut Review, Rust + Moth, Juked, and many other journals. His debut chapbook, Wherever This All Ends, was released in 2020 (Kelsay Books). He lives in Seattle with his wife and six foster-adopted and bio children. Mr. Seese would like to thank the editors of Earth & Altar, where the poem “doxology from a walk between thundershowers during the coronavirus lockdown” first appeared.
“doxology from a walk between thundershowers during the coronavirus lockdown” was originally published in Earth & Altar.