Gozo’s Azure Window

Source: flickr.comThere was something special

about you

archway into somewhere

standing erect

on water’s bed

majestic against

an azure sky.


The sun rose

and the sun set

on your rocky surface

casting shadows

of glory

off and on.


Camera happy tourists

lost in the wonder of you

captured your unique beauty

again and again.


Then it happened.

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The wind and the waves whipped

your limestone window

here now

and gone forever.


A piece of God’s artistry

slipped away

and what stands jagged and alone

is open

to nature’s nuances.


And the tears spill

over what was

and now isn’t

on a distant Maltese island.


The iconic Azure Window on the Maltese Island of Gozo collapsed on March 8, 2017

Viola Athaide is a student in the Windows of Theology program at Regis College, Toronto. She currently teaches Scripture at her local parish church.

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