Editor’s note: Sext is the sixth canonical hour in┬áthe Divine Office, observed at noon.

The silence of heaven
bears down infinitely

heavier than the weight of the yammering

The crush I hold off with the thin
ridges of my forearms.

How is it that the silence
is so heavy, and so bright?

They told me to become open
to receive from heaven, to dilate

the pupil and to cup
the ear, as if what comes down from heaven

were a play of shadows
or a faint strain
of music.

Anna Laura Reeve

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