‘To Plait Celestial Chains’ and Other Poetry by Bob Aldridge The Society February 13, 2013 Poetry To Plait Celestial Chains They also serve who only stand and wait. – John Milton, “On his Blindness” They also serve who only stand and wait. Ere even days in this dark world and wide, small souls, or large, peek into this estate. Then side by side, their errand to confide. Bound firmly through celestial veils to plait complexly braided chain not set aside. If each will do honor to his own state, then together into the light they stride. So sits the hopeful, final state of man. So depend the living on the dead, yet ancestors and children stand together. Watchful guides as we pursue God’s great plan. Gone on, or yet to come, can we forget the reward, when on that shore we’re gathered? Water and Politics: Cuba 1959 Sometimes, when swimming in salty water, I think how far it is to Miami. I still remember how it used to be. I recall the stories of my father. See the placid smile of my mother; Relive the night they went into the sea. I was taken, they would come back for me. But they were taken by shifting weather. As time went by I learned to live alone. Sometimes I trusted the revolution. Sometimes I kept a vigil on my own, Waiting for political solution. I long to see them, now that I am grown. To hold the ones I’ve always called my own. The Last Shall Find Grace We will be called last to the wedding feast. We are immigrants searching for our place, A scattered nation of pilgrims and priests. When servants are sent out to find the least, They found us lost, fallen, fallen from grace. We will be called last to the wedding feast. In bondage we wait, wait to be released. We only hope to stand before your face, A scattered nation of pilgrims and priests. From poverty, like Lazarus released We’ll find ourselves in Abraham’s embrace. We will be called last to the wedding feast. After the reign of the wealthy is ceased, And self-righteous, self-made men lose their place, A scattered nation of pilgrims and priests, Will return from diasporas to feast. The first will be last and the last, find grace. We will be called last to the wedding feast, A scattered nation of pilgrims and priests. Bobby Aldridge was born in Eritrea, grew up in Japan and the US. He is a poet and editor, former owner of the Haiku Gallery and the Brown Street Gallery. He has taught in most areas of the social sciences at various small colleges in the central US for many years. Currently, he is working toward the opening of The Poet’s Gallery, a chapbook store, café, and visual arts gallery in the greater Kansas City area. He is the editor of lunchatgiverny.com, an online literary and visual arts magazine and New Codices Press, a chapbook and children’s book micropress. NOTE: The Society considers this page, where your poetry resides, to be your residence as well, where you may invite family, friends, and others to visit. Feel free to treat this page as your home and remove anyone here who disrespects you. Simply send an email to email@example.com. Put “Remove Comment” in the subject line and list which comments you would like removed. The Society does not endorse any views expressed in individual poems or comments and reserves the right to remove any comments to maintain the decorum of this website and the integrity of the Society. Please see our Comments Policy here. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window) Leave a Reply Cancel ReplyYour email address will not be published.CommentName* Email* Website Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.