Sunday, December 23

still time

Aren't we enlarged
by the scale of what we're able
to desire? Everything,
the choir insists,

might flame;
inside these wrappings
burns another, brighter life,
quickened, now,

by song: hear how
it cascades, in overlapping,
lapidary waves of praise? Still time.
Still time to change.

-- Mark Doty, from "Messiah (Christmas Portion)"

more from "Messiah (Christmas Portion") here

Mark Doty