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Saving Grace

 

 

saving grace

There’s still birdsong in the garden

as the early morning lightens

with stars sequined in a sheer

veil of sky.

 

And beneath the veil, a woman’s face

stares at the other side

of yesterday

 

where a crowd toppled

the metal presence of a saint.

The cross in his hand

 

dug into the earth — as if to bless

the fallen, to forgive cancelled sins

that are still sins.

 

Wind among the trees

caused trembling on  tongues

of the mission’s foliage

 

and pieces of blue,

Sorrow’s blue, Mary’s blue,

peered through branches

 

looking over the  bronze

body of  Junipero Serra. Long after,

the hours’ song of silence

seismic. But now

 

bird chant echoes through my garden

as I tug at a tangled rosary. Somehow

the impossible knot, the intricate

 

count of concerns

loosens —  giving me the ease

to breathe. Pray.

 

11 replies on “Saving Grace”

Wendy,

I guess the Pub will disappear in a day or so. It would be fitting if somehow were still it was still visible for viewing but not submission after that date. This would be a beautiful poem to say close out the Pub. Very appropriate.

Beautiful.

Thank you,

Mark

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Hi Steve,

Thank you so much for stopping by and reading my poem. Your kind words are deeply appreciated!

Hi Michael

Thank you for your kind thoughts on my poems and farewell. I wish you all the best in your future writing endeavors . Good Luck.

Hi Mark

I deeply appreciate your sentiments on this poem and thank you for taking the time to read and comment. The pub will be closing and I share with everyone here a deep fondness for this incredible place and the beautiful sense of community and artistic spirit that Sarah has fostered here over the years. It will definitely will have a legacy and hold a wondrous spot in my heart and memory.

And thanks to everyone else who had always taken the time to read my work and let me know that you have liked my poetic material. I deeply appreciate it!

My best to everyone,
Take care,
Wendy

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I saw on the news, the story about
the statues that were pulled down in California.
including the statue of Junipero Serra.

I love these lines:

“The cross in his hand
dug into the earth — as if to bless
the fallen, to forgive cancelled sins
that are still sins.”

These lines made me think of
a speaker who tried to untangle a rosary
and her thoughts about religion.
Love the impossible knot, as many are
tied to one religion and yet the impossible knot
doesn’t fit well with what keeps us excluding others.

“bird chant echoes through my garden
as I tug at a tangled rosary. Somehow
the impossible knot”

And a wonderful, hopeful ending.

I agree with Mark.
This is a wonderful write to leave as a last poem at The Pub.

Hugs to everyone at the Pub.
Take care.

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Thanks so much Kerri!

Love your thoughts/perspective on this poem. As always your wisdom and interest in my work are so deeply appreciated! Hope all is well with you and yours.

Please take care
all my best,
Wendy

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Thank you Sarah

For you lovely words on my writing and moreover, for all the work and beauty you have created , over the years, in establishing and fostering “The Peaceful Pub”. This has been a special place; and one that will linger with endearment and reverence in my heart and mind!!!! Again, thank you so much for all you have done here and for your dear friendship, something I truly cherish!!

Take care,
all my best,
Wendy

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Dear Francina

Thank you so much for your lovely comments on my poem and the wonderful way of saying “farewell”. I ,too, do not like saying goodbye, it’s too final. So I shall say that I hope to see you around sometime here and there on the internet highway. Good luck with any writing endeavors you may pursue in the future; and may you stay healthy and inspired.

Take care,
my best
Wendy

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