The Enigmas of your Brief Existence

The Enigmas of your Brief Existence   in memory of John Robert Martin       I.   In the drowned alleys of New Orleans, an old wooden stair from the rear courtyard, carrying an oil lamp past cluttered book stacks I am looking for you again.   Twenty years ago my correspondence stopped coming … Continue reading

Publication Preview of The Natchez Treasure

Coming soon from Anaphora Press: The Natchez Treasure: a novel by Christopher (Clifton) Lewis     What is it that the Freemasonic masters were searching for in the New World of America? On the one hand, the Freemasons were inspired by an ideal for the emancipation and spiritual enlightenment of all peoples. To that end, … Continue reading

The Natchez Treasure

    The Natchez Treasure               Natchez, in April!   From the river plantations, crepe myrtles – the trees my mother loved – with gray twisted trunks come down to the road, to hang their crumpled linens of lavender in the warm breeze. Creeks rush out of the dark … Continue reading

A Page Rolled Up: for Matt Wellheuser

A Page Rolled Up for Matt Wellheuser   Your home on the other side of the gully as soon as I was old enough to bike that far: your father in his old chair, mother in the little kitchen, the different smell as I walked in, your sister with the mischievous toss of her eye. … Continue reading

The Gift of the Gods, Part III

  Chapter Six     “Mithridates has not yet sailed for Rome?” the young centurion asked anxiously as he dismounted. Antiochus, walking with a local guide, met the cohort of cavalry scouting far ahead of the main army. They were in low, grassy hills dotted with groves above a river, very different from the dry … Continue reading

Meditations on the Transfiguration

Meditations on the Transfiguration     Through the Archangel’s door; let us enter the chamber of the holy altar, bowing to the floor in reverence. Let us light a candle in the High Place, in front of the eastern window of light. Then we will light the candle in front of the icon of the … Continue reading