Moments: Cloister In The Heart

Professor Nicola Slee

12 December 2019

Moments: Cloister In The Heart

berry on the green
silver on the sedge
scarlet on the leaf
             cloister in the heart

iron in the sky
freezing in the blood
purple on the sea
            cloister in the heart

winds across the land
rains upon the fields
birds along the sand
          cloister in the heart

death upon the wind
crying in the dark
blood upon the land
          cloister in the heart

ripples on the mere
patterns in the sand
circles in the grain
            cloister in the heart

candles in the hearth
silence in the dark
darkness in the year
            cloister in the heart

tiles upon the roofs
light upon the walls
peace upon the town
           cloister in the heart

© Nicola Slee
Image Cloister carving, Iona Abbey ©Natalya

(Cloister in the Heart appeared in Doing December Differently: An Alternative Christmas Handbook, co-edited by Nicola Slee and Rosie Miles, Wild Goose Publications, 2006).