Alms

Mr Pensom, father of the first Christingle orange 
knew his fanciful invention would be profitable
for his holy ministry - an emblem of Jerusalem
topped with a flame and speared 
with jellied candies, to swell pews

just as the first strange armoured sea worms 
crafted wings from legs when they made land;
and man shaped angels that could reach 
beyond this realm of grasping limbs:
to span the dead world 

and the heart from where all realms 
begin and end - some songs and trinkets
to the gods we forge - tall limbless towers 
with a thousand broken windows and a howling door 
among the worm casts in the sand.