These Nave Walls

Words evaporate, not
exactly disappearing but
dissipating, they’re
aired in near ubiquity.

Drawn to their limit, they
penetrate these nave walls, where
they wait
until we wait
upon them.

If you are still;
if you but listen,
you can hear echoes
of chorale and converse.

We might join in, or
perhaps not, but
we dare not forget that
there is more to be
heard than said.


14 thoughts on “These Nave Walls

  1. dianerivers says:

    I have often pondered what happens to our words, so this is a fascinating post to me. They dissipate, they penetrate, and they wait, then they echo back to us. Well put! We all know words have an impact long after they’ve “evaporated” so we certainly do well to remember there’s “more to be heard than said”. Excellent, as always.

  2. They hang there with traces of our spirits and slip into welcome souls

  3. I really like

    aired in near ubiquity”
    along w/ the meaning and alliteration of chorale and converse.

    Lovely picture you paint, Allen.

  4. Marie Taylor says:

    Nicely said. Everything is saved, nothing is lost.

  5. shoreacres says:

    It just now occurred to me: this is the best argument for real places of worship. Cathedrals, monasteries, parish churches — they hold and release prayers, instruction, inspiration, in a way that an auditorium or school room never can. It’s not that worship can’t occur in those other places. It’s just that the quality of worship is necessarily different.

    It’s a beautiful poem.

    • agjorgenson says:

      Great thought. I hadn’t really considered this. The poem came to me while sitting in church thinking about over one hundred years of life reverberating through its nave. i like the direction you take, it certainly makes sense.

  6. jannatwrites says:

    This is beautiful and contemplative. I love the last two lines – there is more to be heard than said. If only we’d be quiet long enough to listen 🙂

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