by Valerie Hess
Vigils: Midnight Sleep interrupted. Bright angels waken shepherds. New stars shining…. Lauds: Dawn Red herald day: Sailors’ warning? Spirit’s fire? Light is not neutral. Terce: Morning Sun still rising: Day holds affirmation, Possibilities. Sext: Noon Cognizance cocktail: Grief, malice, joy, love, regret Shaken and stirred. None: Mid-afternoon Shadows lengthen, Truth setting in. God is not rattled. Vespers: Evening Shifting, silent, soft - The present becomes the past. How much did I miss? Compline: Bedtime Artificial light Extends the day. Dark is internal.
Valerie Hess is a musician, author, poet, retreat speaker, mother, and grandmother. She and her husband currently live in western Montana.