signs and wonders


An oddly auspicious confluence of events-
three padlocks on the road,
a black cat crossing my path,

three large black crows,
leading me all the way to our door,
an owl
peering from the ledge into the bedroom window,
backlit by the waning gibbous moon.

An intimate conversation
at the bar. She a sweet acquaintance,
shyly telling me of the healer
that drew the demon snake from her breast.
He held it out for her to see,
a glimpse of the shadow of a serpent,
drifting into dust motes swirling out the open window
into the moonless night.

The angel leaning on the lamppost
in a good friend’s poem
From writings of another poet,
a triad of angels watching from a hayloft.

Signs and wonders,
the rending of fabric,
the anticipation of a visit,
the expectation
of another
conversation with the angel,
the sound of wings,
an acclamation of doves,
a rapture.

17 thoughts on “signs and wonders

  1. Ah.. with an open heart and mind in balance of soul.. does come the spirit of signs.. in all symbols that flow.. the synchronicity of all things let go.. can lead a human to magic never before unknown..:)

  2. WOW!!!!!!!! This is STELLAR! I adore every single word. I wish I had written it! I must read it a few times more to really milk every bit of meaning out of it. No signs or portents happening at this end….just tiredness……….so I enjoyed them vicariously through your words. My fave of yours. Definitely.

  3. A rapture indeed – lovely fresh and seamless piece Kathleen – thanks for the pleasure it bought me… With Best Wishes Scott

  4. I really like the way you have written this, all of the details you have mentioned, and how you wove them together to give them meaning! One senses there is a deeper story here.

  5. There is magic in your verses Kathleen ~ I can imagine excitement over an impending visit, and having intimate conversations with friends ~ The signs are all around us, it just depends if we allow them to our door ~

  6. So lovely and dreamlike, a tone of magical realism. The stanza with the demon snake is sighingly excellent. I love, too, how the crows and black cat are “oddly auspicious.”

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