A Fast Word: Dwell

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Editor’s note: During the month of ‘Ala’ a handful of writers collaborate to share one work for each day of the Fast.


The elements of my life
surround me now

in the house of elements,

where all is still and good and
sturdy as a ladder-back chair.

where air and books
and work and prayer

give life a grip as firm as

though I am the questioner
who seeks sure-footing

among the white and beautiful

of this house that is built –
as God’s house surely must be –

of the space between
broken bars.

In silence, at night, I seed

– AE Lefton

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  1. Druzelle Cederquist

    17 March, 2017 at 5:05 pm

    I like the spare structure, the meditative feel; “sturdy as a ladder-back chair”/Give life a grip as firm as Job’s/. . . God’s House . . . the space between broken bars/ The last two lines . . .

  2. AE

    19 March, 2017 at 1:25 pm

    Thank you Druzelle! And what a beautiful name, by the way. I really appreciate your thoughtful and elegant comments. Peace, AE

  3. Judith Geissler

    20 March, 2017 at 6:16 am

    I cannot improve on Druzelle’s comment. It’s just right. Thank you both for this Naw-Ruz gift. DG