he sings a song in church,
absorbed by a melody,
something not quite holy.
his sweetly solemn face
as serious and intent
as a choirboy’s when
tasked with a tricky solo
at a special sunday service.
he avoids all the kind eyes
that graze his skin with looking
and pierce his heart with longing,
directs his gaze up and away,
as if to apprehend grace.
he clears the nerves out of his throat
and shakes off shyness with a smile,
swallows once to prepare himself.
and the onlookers drink him in
like a long cool glass of water.
he turns, unfurls like a flower
to sabbath’s stained glass sunlight,
throwing spangled jewels
of ruby and emerald on wood and stone.
his face upturned, gleaming,
he is the most radiant of them all.
Video is Evan Williams, George Blagden and Mark Rendall of Versailles performing Evan’s song, ‘Take Me Away’.