The Day of Visitation

This week for Friday Fictioneers I took Rochelle’s Thoreau quotation to heart, to wit: “It’s not what you look at that counts, but what you see.” Apologies in advance, since I am in no doubt I am treading heavily on your patience as I take liberties with the purported speech of birds that speak in excessively lengthy portmanteau-like, compound words. For those interested, I was thinking of Mark 11:12-25 and Luke 19:44 when writing this.
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Genre: Prose/Poetry
Word Count: 100

The Day of Visitation

I did not know at all how to be, which way to live.

I came to wash on the shore, from city street wandered in, when spectacles lit, unfolded, slipped onto my nose, to where care had not brought down the voice so sweet of blackbirds and cuckoo:

(Stray)nger. SoreThumber.
Ins(hide)r. Persiflager.

Temple(ate) in winter, summer cocooned
Sing cuccu
1

Wrapt in(word) Word-horde strong
seed(l)ing is icumen
2

In(to)ward barren no(thingness)
Sing cuccu

Trinity, Three-in-One, God is.
love: creation, revelation, (re)creation

Light(sends word)Light(tabernacles)Light(sheds abroad)
Sing cuccu

Kingdom b(earth)ing on a cross
Imparts life over death

Stay stranger, stay in(side) Christ
Sing cuccu


1,2“The Cuckoo Song” – “Sumer is icumen in” – Middle English, mid-13th century: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sumer_is_icumen_in

47 thoughts on “The Day of Visitation

    1. Michael,
      There’s a lot about the period’s literature that keeps me coming back to it. Just finished listening to Piers Plowman audiobook— so wonderful!
      pax,
      dora

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    1. Jen,
      You’re right. FF is a great opportunity for that and I love the feedback I get, like yours. Thank you. Juggling words and ideas and sounds is the closest I get to being an “explorer”!
      pax,
      dora

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  1. Some lovely word play. I must confess that I struggle to relate this story to the bible references you give. I suspect that’s my literal mind rather then your writing!
    I particularly liked the end

    “Trinity, Three-in-One, God is.
    love: creation, revelation, (re)creation

    Light(sends word)Light(tabernacles)Light(sheds abroad)
    Sing cuccu

    Kingdom b(earth)ing on a cross
    Imparts life over death

    Stay stranger, stay in(side) Christ
    Sing cuccu”

    It’s beautiful. And I really enjoyed your reading of the poem; it added a lot.

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    1. Penny,
      The resonance with the verses cited are tenuous, except for their framework, Jesus coming to Jerusalem, weeping over it, visiting the Temple and seeing it for what it has become, as fruitless as the fig tree. The Light came in the day of visitation to His own and the darkness did not recognize Him, rejected Him. Thus the starting point for the first two stanzas. Thank you for asking about it. And thank you so much for taking the time to think through it, that means a lot to me. I’m glad you enjoyed my reading of it, your comments always encourage, a blessed grace. :>)
      pax,
      dora

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