Poem: Ablutions


Morning light comes through the window
as you begin the old fashioned work of ablutions,
ritual cleansing of the night and its dance
of the demons, a washing away of darkness,
making room for the light all around you
so you can once again, see.
A blind man healed. the morning’s miracle, performed
with faith and work.

About this poem

The word Ablutions is an old fashioned word, originally meaning a ritual cleaning. Today it is often used in a humorously formal manner. But me? I was raised on 19th-century literature and it still holds its original meaning.

A poem about the ongoing battle with depression. Or darkness. Nothing in life has a single meaning, least of all poems. (except love poems, of course.)


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