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Mountain Ash Wednesday

Ascending the mountain trail
I came across the old burnt tree
flanked by two Douglas firs
and all around the
incense of fog
billowing and rising
blessing the trees,
the ground and
the hidden heaven.

Then a westerly breeze
passed through the cedars
and headed north
toward Lions Bay
carrying with it
the scent of grace
the still lingers
upon the land.

Then the thin fog
lifting and drawing
memories of felled
dreams and lost moments
mingling with mercy.

And then,
tolling bells,
and ashes
covering the
Jerusalem
of my heart.

By Michael Dallaire