Nine parts dust and one part light,
Just motes that shimmer on the air,
Like stars, for one brief moment bright,
We vanish even as we flare.
There’s sweetness in this somber season,
A richness clothed in scarcity,
That wakes the soul’s abiding reason,
And stirs a longing deep in me.
That ashy kiss of benediction
Answers all that’s in my heart,
So tender in its stern prediction:
Life will triumph; dust, depart.
– Judi Gullatt
Judi Gullatt is a parishioner at St. David’s Episcopal Church in Roswell, GA, where I work. I am very grateful to her for sharing this most meaningful poem for Lent and invite you to reflect upon it during this holy season.
Artwork was composed from two images of the corona of our Sun during a solar eclipse. The first was taken in 1900 by the Smithsonian Institution. The second appeared in Popular Science Monthly Volume 57. Both are in the public domain.