Ash Wednesday 2021

Gena St. David

In times like these
we catch a glimpse of ourselves
in the full-length
mirror of our humanity

Exposed as warm-blooded
the body of Christ,
at the mercy of the elements and each other

the sinkable, 
brought low by forms
of the very same water
in which we were baptized

And we,
who rise up to receive
the sign of death
in the ink of all
that we have lost

We bow in deference
to ashes and ice;
we remove our shoes
and curl inward

The body
of the Beloved,
a warming center,
with a candle in both hands
and a cup
in the other.

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