Academic journal article Anglican Theological Review


Academic journal article Anglican Theological Review


Article excerpt

Above the silent peaks the moon rides high,

Brilliant beyond belief, in a cloudless sky

Studded with vibrant constellations. Each

Separate star hangs almost within reach.

Impossible to sleep away the night.

The mountain snows gleam with surreal light,

Clear as the day, with no reflecting glare.

Shutters are closed. The village streets are bare;

Meadows are smooth as freshly laundered beds;

Chairlifts and cabins roost inside their sheds.

Time is suspended, vanquished, and the dark

Reduced to snipped-out silhouettes: black, stark,

Mysterious shadows, serried ranks of trees.

The still air kills with cold. Warm blood will freeze,

Timber, metal, stone will split and break.

The church clock, keeping faith with those awake,

Measures eternity with its quiet bell;

And still the bright moon casts its unearthly spell. …

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