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An Empty Church

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A church is holier when it is empty,
When every private step echoes off the ceiling,
Like ripples of solemn sound
And the candles stand unlit,
No little ripples in the holy water.

When it is only you,
Sitting alone with a carpenter.

Just you, the reliefs of Christ,
Whose eyes follow you from the cross,
Like the eyes of birds in the cedar trees.
A virgin's eyes turned downward
In Sunday's mourning.

No organs moaning

No matter how quietly you grumble a few psalms
Or work your way through the rosary
They all float into the rafters,
Only to be heard by a carpenter and a virgin.
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What a great poem...I love the picture you painted so clearly! Wonderful message that is thought provoking.Keep up the excellent work and keep sharing from the heart. =Shelley=
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Eric Paul Shaffer 13 August 2006
Excellent opening and closing lines. The imagery is arresting, and, even for one who rarely pokes his head into such a structure, your poem recalls the best parts of being there. Good work.
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Angharad Davies 30 July 2006
This is beautiful...its so atmospheric and calming
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PATRICK...OUTSTANDING CAPTURE...STELLAR USE OF IMAGERY...HAVE OFTEN SAT ALONE IN MY CHURCH...just HIM and i... I ALWAYS PREFER THE ONE ON ONE'S...NICE WRITE! '''''''''''''''''''''''''~F.JJR.~''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''
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Mary Naylor 11 April 2006
You did a great job of describing being alone in a church. I've felt it before and I felt it again when I read your poem. Excellent use of specific detail resulted in a vivid poetic experience.
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Eden Sheffroth 03 April 2006
I LOVE IT! ! it's sexy, thought provoking, poetic all that good stuff. I have had that feeling before in an old abandoned church and this poem took me right back. Ama-ZING work Pat keep it up ya got me hooked! !
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Dan Tharp 29 March 2006
interesting concept... I think you are on to something. dan
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