become a sieve that sifts the soil, prepares
it for the seed, the sower; let them be
an inn with fire and food and company
for tired travelers on their way; a stair,
even a single step, by which you climb
down, drawing near to whisper, Do not fear;
a darkling thrush whose hallowed song cuts clear
across the bleak expanse of hollowed time
where water never turns to wine. Lord, take
these jars and speak again, transfiguring
my words to wine that only you can make,
something divine, a holy offering—
that wild and weary, lost and longing hearts
would taste the Word, revive, and play their parts.
—after Micheal O'Siadhail
Cover image by Glen Carrie.