Alphabytes are object meditations
that move through the alphabet two times
in the course of the fifty-two weeks in the year.
“Trapeze” introduces the seventh of thirteen weeks in Kingdomtide:
autumn in the north, spring in the south.
Alphabytes in Kingdomtide: “Nose” to “Zoom Lens”
A short man walks meekly amid myriad faces.
He lifts himself above the crowd to a high trapeze where he can do
what no one else can—three and a half times whirling from his swing
into the arms of his brother who receives him
till they perch on the platform on the other side.
The crowd beneath watches with breath suspended as he spins,
like a machine’s gear gone wild in disconnected flight
till it stops with perfect engagement in the cog of the brother gear.
What grace, practice, trust and risk go into these gasping seconds of life!
Arms stretch out to let go and receive.
What will be, is grasped only by letting go of what was.
Be as this artist.
Stand with hands outstretched to your brother Jesus
whose arms are cross-stretched to receive you,
taking you into Paradise space now.