Alphabytes are object meditations
that move through the alphabet two times
in the course of the fifty-two weeks in the year.
“Xerography” introduces the eleventh of thirteen weeks in Kingdomtide:
autumn in the north, spring in the south.
Alphabytes in Kingdomtide: “Nose” to “Zoom Lens”
It is as taken for granted these days, as writing with a pen:
that ink dust could come to life at electric’s command,
lining up perfectly with the blackened image that hovers over it;
in a second comes a copy of a masterpiece of many hours.
Ashes and toner—the same in the Spirit.
When we are spiritually dead—self burned away—
then our ashes are ready to come to life,
taking the shape as a perfect spirit-copy of the master—Christ.
When we have nothing left to hold,
making no changes of shape or contour on our own,
then we can be formed, changed, transformed into the likeness of him
who died for us that we might live.
Open the Bible.
Let it hover over you, page by page, till you become the flesh version today
of what once was sweat and flesh and blood and praise
in the inspirations of past millennia.