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Twilight (standard:poetry, 126 words)
Author: kendall thomasAdded: Jun 16 2003Views/Reads: 2261/0Story vote: 0.00 (0 votes)
About time and doubt.


by Jack Straw 


A white rustic church with spire 

set in the twilight by the side of the road 

as if a toy in some child's playset 

where I used to go 


There were memories even then of doubt 

as I listened to the pious voices of the devout 

the shuffling of tired feet on artificial ground 

the miracles of man in a faraway land 


No angels but birds fly through this corralling dusk 

the voice of the crickets have become the choir 

of a cleric moon offering its Eucharist 

through the branches of puzzling trees 


But sermons go on too long 

and little children are given to sleep 

when words are only words 

and mother's lap the soul of eternity 


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