C.N.P Poetry 

  • Cathexis Northwest Press

A Place beyond Song

By: Marianne Lyon


After we younglings

in choir loft

intone our last song

close our hymnals

we wander down uneven steps

kneel beside statues

lit with flickering candles

burning with intention

melting so silent

smell dripping wax

just listening


After awhile

a few fidget wiggle

reinvent disappear

to backyard tree forts

Box Car adventures

rowdy hop-scotch

follies that bedevil


But the rest of us silent

innocent wonder

not even a fragment

of hymn begs attention

the rest of us

so quiet are here

kneeling between

the shallows of the mind

and the deep connection

to the unknown

just listening




Marianne Lyon has been a music teacher for 43 years. After teaching in Hong Kong she returned to the Napa Valley and has been published in various literary magazines and reviews. Nominated for the Pushcart Award 2016. She has spent time teaching in Nicaragua. She is a member of the California Writers Club, Solstice Writers in St. Helena California. She is an Adjunct Professor at Touro University Vallejo California. She was awarded the Napa Country Poet Laureate 2021 title.