Tag: Church

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Nineties Suite

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Burly grizzled man with foreign designation seeks compensation
Suffered work place accident troubling hurt recalls healthy youth in village of birth
Life unfolds within the claws of legal and medical dispute his character in disrepute
Three members sit aloof listen peruse submissions scribble question direct interrupt deliberate
Why can’t they anglicise their names? A senior member berates
Time to do something for Australians too! Another sceptic asserts
If I were king for a day I’d grant to all!
The cynical majority considers him a shirker unlike the dissenter who affirms the injured worker

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the damp seeps in

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in this room
faded lime green paint is chipped
touched-up photographs
remind me of the origins of my name

ikons blessed at the village church
and a makeshift καντηλι
behind a hand-embroidered curtain
keep vigil over me

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Chronos Suite

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Valley twilight silence
shattered by Church bell.
Father asks why.
Sons, spades in hand, at cemetery gate
that screeches in protest.

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The Oratory

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First published in Kairos Catholic Journal 2008