Initiation: A Poem

Some say that Chartres Cathedral
is an initiatory monument.

“An action that causes something,
especially an important process,
or event, to begin”
is a good dictionary definition
for initiation.

So what gets started
at Chartres?

In the cathedral
one becomes hyper-aware
of the gentle but persistent power
of beauty.

Beauty speaks.
Beauty resonates.
Beauty calls.
Beauty surrounds.
Beauty reminds.
Beauty encounters.

Beauty travels
far and wide
in the bodies of those who have visited.

Beauty disseminates
its messages
with countless voices.

Detail west rose at Chartres Cathedral by photographer Jill K H Geoffrion

©Jill Kimberly Hartwell Geoffrion, please contact Jill for permission to use.