I walk along the narrow streets cobbled and silent in early morning
Wondering at how the many years have flown, and I,
I have come back over the ages from a pilgrimage far through the tangled vines of history
Back to where a part of my soul was born.
Echoes from these ancient roads speak to my blood
Stirring the fire within me, the old, old fire from the masters of that age;
And as I walk, I feel the ghosts of yesteryear speaking
The flames of the old beliefs that turned history on edge;
And as I gaze upon the streets and the river where these ancestors lived and died,
I feel their eyes upon me as I walk, and I wonder what they see.
In Grossmunster church, I run my hands over the back of the wooden pew and sit
Beneath the shadow of the faces in the stained-glass windows
Where Zwingli and Grebel and Manz once stood; and suddenly time is no longer a wall between us
Because men still kill in the name of faith, and the difference between zeal and truth
Is too often undiscerned while factions war against factions, both in word and deed,
Uncaring of the blood that is shed within the church itself, despite the legacy of sacrificial love,
Yes, love, that was mingled with truth and baptized by fire and water.
The words on the wall come alive as the church itself speaks:
Herr, bleibe bei uns, denn ess will Abend werden, und der Tag hat sich geneigt.
I will sit here under the shadow of these walls and wonder for many years.
I had a 7 hour layover in Zurich, Switzerland, and took the chance to make a dream of mine come true. I had about 3 and a half hours in the city itself. Perhaps some other day I will write a post on how to do a short layover in Switzerland.