“12 Stand and Wait” from YE WATCHERS AND YE HOLY ONES

12  Stand and Wait   When I consider how my light is spent, Ere half my days, in this dark world and wide, And that one Talent which is death to hide, Lodg’d with me useless, though my Soul more bent To serve therewith my Maker, and present My true account, lest he returning chide; “Doth God exact … Continue reading “12 Stand and Wait” from YE WATCHERS AND YE HOLY ONES

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“11 In the Beginning” from YE WATCHERS AND YE HOLY ONES

11  In the Beginning    AJ Fitzpatrick settled in her chair, staring at the darkened ceiling above her as the keynote speaker droned through the expected points of a commencement speech – the importance of an education, of life-long learning, of making a difference, of giving back to society.  The other fellow graduates around her seemed … Continue reading “11 In the Beginning” from YE WATCHERS AND YE HOLY ONES

“10 Man in Our Own Image” from YE WATCHERS AND YE HOLY ONES

10  Man in Our Own Image    In the throat-choking sea of dissolved salt, time had no meaning for the burning, naked body of Zachary James Fitzpatrick.  The wild Indian Ocean brought him to this strange sea, a vast, unending expanse of crystal blue water as still as a pool and yet exponentially saltier than a thousand … Continue reading “10 Man in Our Own Image” from YE WATCHERS AND YE HOLY ONES

“9 The Surface of the Earth” from YE WATCHERS AND YE HOLY ONES

  9  The Surface of the Earth    The beautiful pale creature was stark against the cloud-free, sunlit sky, its iridescent blue-black wings shimmering as it glided on thermals and then gaining altitude with heavy wing beats, searching – desperately searching – for land.  The wine-dark sea stretched infinite, embracing the world in a vast waste of deep … Continue reading “9 The Surface of the Earth” from YE WATCHERS AND YE HOLY ONES

“8 The Bow in the Clouds” from YE WATCHERS AND YE HOLY ONES

8  The Bow in the Clouds     He entered the café, and, apropos of nothing, sat down at one of the bistro tables before the host could seat him. Without a menu, he ordered sparkling water and lemon, three hard-fried eggs, two slices of buttered toast, and two slices of crunchy bacon. Even though it was 12PM, … Continue reading “8 The Bow in the Clouds” from YE WATCHERS AND YE HOLY ONES