Post # 269
September 5, 2019
A Song of Austria
A Song of Austria
Can you sing for me a song of Austria?
Sing about papal treasures
and jewels in the golden monstranz
inside Salzburg Cathedral.
Remind me of sounds
of bombs that dropped
and blazing fires
when buildings were destroyed.
Take me on ancient paths
where Celts and Romans walked.
Let me see signs and wonders along the way
and taste salt inside the mountain.
Can you sing of golden angels
carved in dark wooden altars?
or goats on the Alpine hills?
or teams of horses that pull the wagons?
I desire to listen to the waters of Mondsee
sketch the sailboats on the lake
and the silence of absent souls
that rises from ancient bones in Halstatt.
I will lay back my head and look at the mountain tops
as you croon of distant roads
that meander through lush green hills
we turn to begin the long walk home –
share our favorite
Psalms for the Pilgrimage.
“A Song of Austria,” by Lynda McKinney Lambert. Copyright 2019. All rights reserved.
A. L. Butcher
Author of The Light Beyond the Storm Chronicles.
Right now, I’m working with Finishing Line Press, who is the publisher of my FIRST EVER CHAPBOOK – first snow – a collection of wintry-themed poems.
MFA, 1991, West Virginia University
BFA and MA from Slippery Rock University of PA
Lynda retired from her position as Professor of Fine Arts and Humanities, Geneva College, Beaver Falls, PA – in 2008. She lost most of her sight in 2007 due to Ischemic Optic Neuropathy, a rare condition that causes rapid sight loss without warning. Since her retirement she works in her writing and art studios full-time. She can be found during the night communicating with other writers and friends, on Facebook.
Lynda authored 2 additional published books:
_Star Signs: New and Selected Poems, KDP, 2019.
_Walking by Inner Vision: Stories & Poems, 2017. DLD Books. See it here.
_Concerti: Psalms for the Pilgrimage, 2003, Kota Press. See it here.