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Briton Riviere: Christ in the Wilderness

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Briton Riviere: Christ in the Wilderness

After I thought a while it seemed clear
it wasn’t the yap, yap, buzz, ring, chat
that drove him away from the city.
Nor the police alarm yaw-yahing 
saying danger or someone hurts.

It was the hands. Hands reaching
to touch his face, his hands, head.
Hand to rub his belly or grip his shoulder.
Hands coming from above, or below,
little squirts tugging at his clothes.

Once away into the hidden places
where no one lives the animals peeked
so further he went, seeking grit
to rub against, hard stone for bed,
the cold of stars above in the night.

A place where lizards basked from afar--
other survivors looking for a drink of water,
a drink of alone to coil within breast,
for weariness to weight the legs
heart pumping alone, be still, find grace

with the end of the tolling bells.
Where self is a light to breathe upon
let flare into true soul, the space
where heart flares out like a beacon
for all to hold and when you’re ablaze

there’s none to say they are you they.
Just peace. Belief. Tomorrow rising
with a hunger that goes beyond feed
goes beyond trust, goes beyond life
to a beauty amazed to find where once 

having found blaze it never goes out
ready to hand out and hand out.

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  1. Date: 11/27/2013 1:24:00 AM

    Sheri, Thank you for spreading and sharing your kindness. You know me I’ will always enjoy stopping by with love and support, no matter if I do not Understand what I am reading at times. I am very grateful and thankful to all who have been supportive of me one way or another. Your heartfelt words are the main attraction of who you are… Thanks for your inspiring visit. ----- Happy Thanksgiving ~ LINDA

  1. Date: 10/18/2013 8:15:00 AM

    It dances. Your rhythm dances. Very good work. Bravo!

  1. Date: 7/1/2013 5:05:00 PM

    It is an impressive Ekphrasis poem, that maintains a steady rhythm in its eloquent flow, with intense the element of spirituality. Thank you for it. G.

  1. Date: 7/1/2013 5:46:00 AM

    it offered beautiful imagery... enjoy to read this...thank you for the visit... ELAI

  1. Date: 6/30/2013 7:39:00 PM

    Sheri, this is wonderful. Thank you for sharing <3 ~SKAT~ <3

  1. Date: 6/30/2013 5:22:00 PM

    Well, Jesus was lead by the Spirit to go into the wilderness..He needed that time alone to get ready for what lay ahead..Great topic that you have chosen and great presentation of that topic..Creative ideas about the subject of Jesus being lead into the wilderness..I am glad that I chose this one to read today...Thanks for the visit to my work with congrats..Sara

  1. Date: 6/30/2013 6:41:00 AM

    How mystical your pen is. Well done and Good luck, Sheri. AO