“singe” (Ash Wednesday)

“singe”

blue the fire,
kiln to blaze

leaving ashes
here to trace.

seared the palms
we waved of you;

cupping embers
yet engraced.

–William B. Jones (Ash Wednesday, 2012)

 

(on the gift of a clay pot made by a
church member for the mixing of ashes)

 

[a variant on “singe” may be found in “ash-borne”, which, set during Holy Week, “book-ends” the season of Lent begun on Ash-Wednesday]

 

 

 

 

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