Alphabytes are object meditations
that move through the alphabet two times
in the course of the fifty-two weeks in the year.
“Oak” introduces the Second of Thirteen Weeks in Kingdomtide:
autumn in the north, spring in the south.
Alphabytes in Kingdomtide: “Nose” to “Zoom Lens”
The voice of the year changes with each season:
SPRING: former dark and silent mornings now engraved by song of birds from choir branches in the ever increasing light.
SUMMER: soothing swish of full-blown leaves in the breeze.
AUTUMN: rhythmic, crispy crunch of leaves as children march to school.
WINTER: whistle of wind as air skates between frozen branches.
All the sounds come from trees—faithful messengers of seasons’ change.
Yet there is one more sound of autumn:acorns from great oaks bouncing and pinging on sidewalks and streets.
Though most never wed to earth to rise again as another oak,
still are their gentle jolts as the Creator’s knocking at soul’s door,
that the Word not bounce off and die, but find entry
into moist hearts in any season,
there to bear fruit as Word becomes flesh in yours.