Glory is everywhere in these short days of summer. A walk to the mailbox overloads the senses with unusual bird sightings, progress in the garden, and the frenzied buzzing of bee scouts filling their saddle bags with the makings for a flourishing life.
Clyde Kilby* laments:
“One of the greatest tragedies of the fall is that we get tired of familiar glories.”
YES to this, so in these fleeting days — of summer and of life — I’m putting on the brakes and lingering in a few moments that have already flown by.
Poetry is glue that repairs the split seconds.
Counting syllables; choosing one word and rejecting another; spinning a spider web netting that will capture and hold a memory; I’m pausing for a languid look at the longer realities that live behind the images.
Let’s agree together that we will never lose sight of those “familiar glories.”
The Familiar Glories
Expectation shines from every pore
As a gushing stream of welcome runs
Over the rocky bed of toddler-ese.
White lace enhances youthful beauty.
Love and joy collide in radiance,
For without words, bride and groom clasp hands,
And every promise shimmers in their eyes.
Fragment of bird-life hangs suspended,
Sipping in mid-air her floral fuel
From color and fragrance that drew her
And hold her savoring; slake her wanting.
White birch; emerald leaves on blue sky:
Were the greens this glorious last year?
The familiar glories press themselves
Against the day insisting, “Wake up. See.”
Photo credit for lovely picture of the bride and groom: Carrie Mae Photography
*Clyde Kilby was a noted C.S. Lewis scholar and professor of English at Wheaton College. I found this quote in John Piper’s new book, Reading the Bible Supernaturally (Crossway, 2017) Kindle Location 574
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