Erebus by Krista Canterbury Adams

I have seen him enter the moonlight,
have seen him calm the holy breath & restore
the quiet life to that from which
breath & life had lain departed. And I have been
chilled by him, have disliked him suddenly,
even while lowering to my knees.
 
Where you & I have lit the red-glassed candles,
I have come upon him
upon the mossy, cold stones.
I have turned my hands up in the whitening
air, in the pour of rain beating there. And I have
plummeted,
evil-anointed,
down through smoke of oak & aspen.
 
What words can I speak, in the crash
of the city, to worship—eye to eye—
among the dark
burnt ashes?

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Krista Canterbury Adams has studied poetry at Ohio Dominican University and The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio. Her poem “Resurrection” has been published in print and online. She has a six-poem series due to be printed this spring in AHF Magazine.