Ephemeral: A Meditation for Lent

Ephemeral 05.20.39

Incense is often burned as an accompaniment to prayers.

The fire consumes,
a fragrant smoke rises,
and the ash is left behind.

When light pierces a void,
it cannot be discerned.

In the absence of light,
we cannot see the smoke. 

Burnt offerings as sacrifice.
The smoke also rises.
A fragrant offering? 

Perhaps it is just a reaching out. A prayer.
An interlocutor between the seen and the unseen. 

Or perhaps a reminder that we are, for now, both -
the seen and the unseen. 

The fire consumes,
a fragrant smoke rises,
and the ash is left behind.

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© 2020. Deji Osinulu. (from work created for Ash Wed/Lent 2020 installation at Ecclesia Houston.)

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