Tempting Reason

The Rev. John Fairbrother

Tempting Reason


A stain remains, beneath crumbs

like dust dimming the light,

where wine, bread and hands

are raised as signs of peace,

enfleshed for humankind.


Pain brings an arid lament

over presence lost to ritual form,

leaving salt of sorrow’s tides

settling as seeds awaiting

light to open the dark.


Vain hope names the light –

beyond eye, leaf or stone –

reflecting creation’s source. Yet

recurring shapes imply more

than simply life and death.


Sensing source between all forms

longing draws the soul -

tempting reason - to see ways

a child may lead wisdom

toward the light.

February 2017

Image  Sun Child, Paul Clarke, Flickr.com