Sparrow’s Homily

My sisters and brothers,
we are small, so small,
creeping, wings clipped,
through weeks and years,

no end in sight
(although our end
will one day come,
certain and sure).

We stare up at the stars
and ask the old questions:
Who made us?
Why are we here?

Silence and more silence.
The universe will not
answer, the heavens
are mute as stones,

but if we were given
one sacred acre where
we could wander at will
as wingless pilgrims do

in old stone cathedrals,
would each moment open
into an immense branching
interior where we could perch

eternal? This is what I would ask
if, some Sunday, I were called
upon to deliver a brief homily,
no, homily and rant.

Elizabeth Spires

Elizabeth Spires

Elizabeth Spires's latest poetry collection, A Memory of the Future, was included in The New York Times's Best Poetry of 2018 list.Her other books include Globe, Swan's Island, Annonciade, Worldling, Now the Green Blade Rises, and The Wave-Maker.

She lives in Baltimore and holds a Chair for Distinguished Achievement at Goucher College.
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Elizabeth Spires's latest poetry collection, A Memory of the Future, was included in The New York Times's Best Poetry of 2018 list. Her other books include Globe, Swan's Island, Annonciade, Worldling, Now the Green Blade Rises, and The Wave-Maker. She lives in Baltimore and holds a Chair for Distinguished Achievement at Goucher College.