day of ashes

source: photoart abstract: Ash Wednesday

After Mammon’s merry making
and a drear winter of discontent
comes atonement

burn the fronds of frenzied welcome
in token of man’s forgetfulness

mark well the signs of commitment
for fear our cause will be lost

make fast all appetites
else conscience is swept by sensation

shroud the icons in purple
lest we fail to consider beyond

sift particles of memory
for stardust harbingers of sin

today a new start with a beginning
suspended between what never was
and what will forever be

in the desert we too can rejoice
let the temptations begin

An abstraction of Lententide for the Midweek Motif: The Inanimate & the Non Human