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Winter Evening

Star-filled sky,
a tabernacle;
moon glowing
like Sanctuary lamp,

smell of melting wax
and incense
replaced by pine mixed
with cold winter air.

Dirt road covered
by snow,
crunching under foot,
breaking the stillness,

until I stopped.

ears cocked,
there was no sound
except darkness,

and silent peace;
the entire world’s
frozen in time.

At that moment,
You pierced my heart,
shattering the tabernacle
of the woods,

making stars
more luminous;
moon sharper,
as I stood in awe,
alone with You.

On that journey home,
across frozen pond,
a short-cut
leading to the woods,

You stayed with me,
rending my heart
until it knew
there was no other
reason for being,

except to be with You
on that starry winter eve.
Written by Tim Bete, OCDS
Tim is a Secular Discalced Carmelite from Dayton, OH

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