In dreams you heard your mournful captors’ cry,
Calling you to be Christ where you once suffered.
Your heart was opened for them, it was not buffered,
But porous, taking them and leading them high
Above and beyond their druidical sense of the sky
As your paschal fire flames rose up unshuttered.
You showed them a hidden God with face uncovered,
And taught them three-in-one was not a lie.
You bound upon your breastplate a world connected,
And like the druids, you saw everything together.
For trees and rocks and air are bound up with us,
And seraphim and saints show us God reflected.
You saw the Spirit in the wind that blows a feather,
You showed us Christ above, before, and in us.

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