Cardinal bells

One alone is a modest scarlet bloom,
hardly meant to trumpet forth self-praise,
but two or three gathered make a mass,
a procession of cardinals, a conclave,
raising the paten and the holy chalice,
acolytes’ bells ringing transmutation,
hymns sung in a parish ankle-high.

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Inspired by #dVerse and the State Arboretum of Virginia.

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