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(Religious content) more from "Pihtima Confessions"


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Three short, complete poems (cameos) from the series.


Canto the second


I stood

Beside myself when

I lifted the paten and cup.


It must have been my better self

That I watched, offering bread

And wine.


Canto the third


I knelt

When I was pulled down

To my knees upon the cold stones.


It was the numinous and not

By rote that I was moved from

The pew.


Canto the fourth


I sobbed

At the bare altar,

Knowing I was alone and most


When is a chapel more holy

Than when it is empty, save

For one?

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Hi Marti, These are beautiful. "Lord I am unworthy to receive you, but simply say the word and I shall be healed." I love the repetition linking what could be stand alone poems or a complete poem made up of 3 septets. I love the way you make form work for you instead of the other way around. You keep the frame recognizable yet fresh and new.



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