New Art and Poetry

Post Author: Heidi Koschzec

This month we are pleased to offer visual art and poetry together from two different artists, Mary Allison Cates (who created a series we featured in Advent) and Heidi Koschzec.

by Mary Allison Cates


All Fall Down

What if it all falls down –
This house of cards,
This construct built on shifting sand?

What if it all goes smash,
And we are left wounded and bleeding among the shards?

What if our marbled pillars –
Piety –
What if they are tumbled into ruin
By the power of some
God-goaded Samson?
What if the roof falls in on us and we are left in the dust?

What will stand when the temple of familiarity is gone?

O God, we call:
Longing for transformation,
But no more able to see its end
Than the caterpillar is to imagine
Its winged glory.

Dying and rising,
Dying and rising,
The church turns, once again, to you.

Only you can lead us out of the beloved tomb.
Come, Lord Jesus. Come.

Heidi Koschzec is a clergy woman in the United Church of Canada, currently serving a congregation on Vancouver Island, British Columbia.  Now in her tenth year of ordained ministry, she received the M.Div. from Vancouver School of Theology in 1998.  She writes, "My prayer-poems are a form of personal devotion, but I'm glad to have an opportunity to share them with others who may connect with the spiritual issues reflected in them."

Image by: Mary Allison Cates
Used with permission