Listening to Compline

Word Shaper

Sitting in dim light

Not darkness, tranquil

People highlighted by shadow

Candle’s energy dancing

Upon faces, glinting eyes

Music carries words

Deeper than where

They’ll go

On their own power;

Calmness fills empty spots

Within my soul

Refreshed and

Birthed anew


Seattle’s St. Marks cathedral has hosted compline for decades. Sung evening prayer has roots deep in Christian liturgy and the Anglican tradition. These speak to me deeply, especially in candlelit halls of stone.

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