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The blog format here requires "teaser text." I'm not sure what to put into "teaser text" for a little poem -- 6 feet wide by 9 lines long, 75 words -- On the Dormition of the Theotokos.
Perhaps I'll tell something basic about the feast day, in case someone is not familiar with it. (If you are familiar with it, there's nothing left here in the teaser to see.)
The Dormition of the Theotokos, August 15, commemorates the "falling-asleep" of the Theotokos. The Apostles gathered "from the ends of the earth" for her funeral, and Christ took her soul to heaven. Oh, and there's a tradition of bringing flowers to the feastday Liturgy to be blessed (in former times for the making of incense), and the prayer of blessing mentions the blessing remaining with the flowers.
Now I've put more words into the teaser than into the poem. But I took a lot of words out of the poem, so maybe that's OK.
I am supposed to write a poem
For this blog tonight, but by candle light