Discalced Carmelite Friars

Province of St. Therese

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Dimly-lit church,
empty except for the
strong lingering scent
of spicy-sweet smoke,
from a funeral
earlier in the day.

Gray rising clouds
no longer visible,
but their essence
left behind
along with memories
of a soul
I did not know.

Lives sputter
and ignite,
like aromatic crystals
heaped onto
red-hot coals,

souls billowing
and ascending
toward Heaven.

Written by Time Bete, OCDS
Tim Bete is a Secular Discalced Carmelite from Dayton, OH
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