August the 11th is the day the church remembers St. Clare, friend and companion of Francis, founder of the Poor Clares, her love for Christ, her share in the vision of St. Francis and her extraordinary gifts a soul-guide, friend, and leader made her a shining light and a clear mirror of Christ for thousands in her lifetime and still a light and inspiration to Christians from many denominations today. Here is my sonnet in her honour reflecting on the meaning of her name, and life as light and clarity. This sonnet will appear in my next volume of poetry The Singing Bowl to be published this November by the Canterbury Press. As always you can hear the poem by clicking on the ‘play’ button if it appears, or on the title.
Santa Chiara, lovely claritas
Whose soul in stillness holds love’s pure reflection,
Shining through you as Holy Caritas,
Lucid and lucent, bringing to perfection
The girl whom Love has called to call us all
Back into truth, simplicity and grace.
Your love for Francis, radiant through the veil,
Reveals in both of you your saviour’s face.
Christ holds the mirror of your given life
Up to the world he gives himself to save,
A sacrament to keep your city safe,
A window into his eternal love.
Unveiled in heaven, dancing in the light,
Pray for this pilgrim soul in his dark night.