Upon the mountain’s height the stones reflect
the sudden glow, not gleaming from the skies
as ordinary light. They are bedecked
with sudden radiance that mystifies.
Now where there were four figures there are six,
and two did not come up the earthen trail.
Three faces wear astonishment transfixed
to see the ancient prophets so unveiled.
The ever-daring one proposes booths
until a booming voice imposes hush,
for listening is like to admit truths
far more than motion taken in a rush.
But were I there, I fear my faltering frame
would hardly dare pronounce Messiah’s name.
A poem/prayer based on Mark 9:2-9, the Revised Common Lectionary Gospel Reading for Year B, Transfiguration Sunday.
Studies of the Heads of two Apostles (St. Peter and St. John) and of their Hands by Raphael (1483–1520), at the University of Oxford’s Ashmolean Museum. Black chalk touched with white on greyish paper. http://www.wikipaintings.org/en/raphael/studies-for-the-transfiguration, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=23549943.
2 thoughts on “Transfiguration Sonnet”
A wonderful sonnet! I try … every once in a while.
Thank you! For some reason, this form has felt very comfortable to me (there are plenty of poetry forms that don’t). In this instance, the subject (transfiguration) has enough discomfort that I thought I’d give myself a break on the form.