The sun pours itself like love,
warming the newborn leaves on the trees,
bathing the soft brown feathers of sparrows
that feed in the cracks of concrete along
the curb of the street, searching for any crumb
of bread or wind-blown seed.
The sun casts an aethereal shimmer over the dune grass
and ignites the sea with waves made of fireborn diamonds.
Listen to the wind sigh.
Look at the sky arch its great blue back.
Hear the gulls hurl their poignant cries:
Hosanna! Hosanna! Hosanna! in the highest.
P.C. Scheponik is a lifelong poet who lives by the sea with his wife Shirley and their Shichon, Bella. His writing celebrates nature, the human condition, and life’s metaphysical mysteries. He has published four collections of poems: Psalms to Padre Pio (National Centre for Padre Pio), A Storm by Any Other Name spirit The Sea Has Sung in Me (PS Books, a division of Philadelphia Stories), and And the Sun Still Dared to Shine (Mazo Publishers). His work has also appeared in numerous literary journals, among them, Adelaide, Visitor, Red Eft Review, Boned, Time of Singing, WINK, Poetry Pacific, The Streetlight Press and others. He was a finalist in the 2017, 2018, and 2019 Adelaide Anthology Contest and was a 2019 Pushcart Prize nominee.