Transfiguration — Sarah Adegbite


“Then it happened, as they were parting from Him, that Peter said to Jesus, “Master, it is good for us to be here; and let us make three tabernacles: one for You, one for Moses, and one for Elijah” – not knowing what he said.” (Luke 9:33 NKJV)


King’s rises drenched in whispered fog,

each tree intestine dusted in late morning dew.


This is a view I want to keep forever, but something

strong and primal prevents me from taking a picture.


I do not want to be a stuttering Peter,

a hand’s breadth from the face of God


and erecting tabernacles where they do not belong.

I try to learn by heart the faint


outline of each ancient turret, the embryonic cloud

dancing alive over the water’s surface.


I think of the boy I love,

and our afternoon walk yesterday:


how his glasses misted over and he stopped

at the crest of the bridge to see beyond his fingertips.


A girl sat on a wall by the river,

book half open to the sunlight,


and I could see him frantically writing himself

into her unfinished novel.


How I wished he would have kissed me then,

but knew I could not build a tent


I would not know how to tear down.

I’m crying across that bridge now,


scrambling for a clearer picture

than my milky memory allows.


All I can retrieve is the chorus of a thousand scholars,

urging me to make them proud.




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Display Image Credit: James Appleton

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