Ash Wednesday brings us back to Earth.
What are these ashes?
Perhaps they are last Easter’s palm hosanna’s waved in joy,

now presented to the fire.
Once full of life,

now grey-shadowed dust
transformed, and lying in a waiting bowl.

Ash Wednesday brings us back to Earth.
These are the ashes of return.
Hold out your hand.

Expose your forehead.
Take your stand.

Ready your heart.
For this dark mark of Love

brings us back to Earth
Earth, so loved.
Ash Wednesday brings us back to Earth.