Evening, and all the birds
In a chorus of shimmering sound
Are easing their hearts of joy
For miles around.
The air is blue and sweet,
The few first stars are white,–
Oh let me like the birds
Sing before night.
~Sara Teasdale “Dusk in June”
Sure on this shining night
Of star made shadows round,
Kindness must watch for me
This side the ground.
The late year lies down the north.
All is healed, all is health.
High summer holds the earth.
Hearts all whole.
Sure on this shining night I weep for wonder
wand’ring far alone
Of shadows on the stars.
~James Agee “Sure on this Shining Night”
It is high summer holding the earth now;
our hearts whole and healed in a shimmering dusk.
I weep for wonder that we have this time,
at this place, singing under these stars.
May we live sure that on another shining night,
sometime, we know not when, we know not how,
we will all be together again.
Amen and Amen.