thole: basically, to endure, to put up with. Regional vernacular of Northern Ireland, shamelessly (or Seamusly?) stolen.




Clear and Generous

When I could no longer
thole the preachiness
of the sober dude's share,
I slipped out of the basement

of Our Lady of Lourdes Church
and walked into the parking lot
under clear and generous starlight
of a night just cold enough
& I said my Joyful Mysteries
on a set of small black beads.

 

I stood in the church's shadow,
a stained-glass rendering
of Bernadette and Our Lady
faintly illumined from within.





Poetry by Uncle Meridian The PoetBay support member heart!
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Written on 2022-02-11 at 06:12

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1LFD
Now then,

This line alone "under clear and generous starlight" is the one that brings it all together, ever so skilfully and truthfully.. I may steal that line at some future point. I am also brutally honest with my intent.

Well done.
2022-02-11


MetaPoetics The PoetBay support member heart!
Nicely done! I especially like the visual aspect of the poem in the second stanza, with images illuminating from within the church window. Good work, as always!
2022-02-11


jim The PoetBay support member heart!
Such gentle and natural use of language ~
2022-02-11