This All Too Brief Season


Amidst the ashes of our winter
arose the altars of our spring.

In those days
we saw no need, no need at all
for any other shift
when we fully believed that there was yet time
to what we might aspire to,
to what we so clearly required.


Without thinking we partook
of all that summer placed on our platters 
and slumbered still in the midst
of a feast of festivity in this dear season 
when we drank in all manner of sights and sounds

amidst the springs and summers
of this winter of ours
when arose the altars
of our falling stars of days long past.


Yet there above these stars
we found that we were not alone.

There beyond
the festive summer of ourselves and our shifting suns
is, was, will be

He beyond the time-worn memory of our winters
of this all too brief season;
He, stretching His hand over our days.


There was the
winter of ourselves
when we had visions
of the spring of our now,
when we saw no need,
we saw no need at all.


For we did not truly see beyond our summer feasts.

We, therefore, saw no need,
no, no need at all to reach beyond our stars,
beyond our altars

to He
who measured heaven with a span
who measured its waters in the hollow of His hand
who instigated the days and months of this all too brief season
who offered grace and promise to man in his grief
in this all too brief space of time.

He is that grace,
that Father, that Son, that Spirit,
that inconceivable conceivable God of all seasons
who has always known
even so what we ought to know,
what we need, what we do indeed now need
beyond the falling altars of our autumn.

Ben Plunkett

Greetings from the booming metropolis that is Pleasant View, Tennessee. I am a man of constant spiritual highs and spiritual lows. I pray that I serve God at my highest even when I am lowest. Ben was a founding member of Rambling Ever On and a regular contributor and editor until his untimely death in April 2020. We wrote a tribute to him, but the best tribute you can give him would be to read all the wonderful poems, short stories, book reviews, theological essays, and ridiculous satire pieces he wrote for us. Pass them on to others and maybe allow Ben to inspire you to write something yourself.

3 thoughts on “This All Too Brief Season

  • June 14, 2019 at 11:34 am

    Our resident poet! Good stuff, Ben!

  • June 14, 2019 at 11:37 am

    Magnificent, Ben! Very powerful.

  • June 15, 2019 at 4:52 pm

    Thanks, guys!


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