I've ditched the pantoum form, and added some details absent from the earlier draft.
The Oratory on Franklin Street (re-written)
The oratory on Franklin Street has closed
where every weekday, during lunch,
pious folk would say the beads.
There was a religious goods store
attached to the Oratory,
a place where one could buy Mass cards,
holy pictures, rosaries.
The upper stories of 49 Franklin
housed the offices of The Pilot,
Boston's archdiocesan newspaper.
It's been fifteen, maybe twenty years
since it's served as a house of prayer:
the Oratory of Saint Thomas More
with a blue mural at the front of the chapel
depicting Boston's church-spires
and Our Lady watching over the city.
Dozens would sit and pray
during their noonday lunch break,
circling their well-worn chaplets
and whispering Ave Marias,
or being still as others said the Mysteries.
It's now a Mexican restaurant
But I miss the wee chapel:
a refuge from commerce and toil
amid the bustle of Downtown Crossing.
Poetry by Thomas D
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Written on 2020-01-31 at 02:54
Tags Boston  Churches  Catholicism
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