A place for departing saints

I watched the widowed mother

pause on the steps of

Matilde of the Sacred Heart,

a sight in black and white

posed in a black polyester dress,

maneuvering

cautiously down

cracked white concrete,

and I studied her

 

studying my children

across the street

in the

catholic park,

riding their bicycles and hiding

behind summer trees and sharing

their lovely laughter,

 

and it gave her

and it gave me

and it gave us

a prΓ©cis of her new world.

 

she considered the words

spoken in

the privileged language

of prayer,

still, inside, chanting, inside,

in an idiotic, monotone

 

an old rubric

gutted by a god

prone to soliloquies

 

and

she hailed a cab

for someplace else.

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Author: Steven Baird

Writer, amateur photographer, ad compositor and chicken herder.

13 thoughts on “A place for departing saints”

      1. Thank you. Actually, that was part of what made me appreciate your poem. Focusing on the future makes it easier to remember the past fondly rather than painfully.

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