At the Cathedral of Hope

In Pittsburgh, after a cold dark winter-

after the sun was hiding somewhere further south-


In this chapel of urban sanctuary-

in this diamond of perfect acoustics-


A singer with a mouth full of petals

altered a season of silence,

brought the crickets and poems of spring;


and neither angels or pearls,

or couples running nude through a park,

or the wet grass of meadow sticking to the legs,


could have spoken the wanton language

of the season so well–

(and I am still translating.)


By Janette Schafer


Janette Schafer is a poet, playwright, and opera singer from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She is a 2017 awardee of the Maenad Fellowship for writing through Chatham University.

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