Holy Spirit

 

I
The worship begins
long before
the cage appears,
in which
The Holy Spirit
is tethered.
Tame bird,
church-trained,
domesticated;
allowed out for
a few short
sorties
to renew the faithful,
before returning
to the benign
comfort of the
gilded cage,
until the next service and the one after that.

II
Wild dove,
wonderfully free
and freeing:
uncontrollable,
uncontainable,
gift from the
future,
longing
to lead
the Church out
beyond
its many walls
and meetings,
deep into the
broken places, to share God’s love with all.