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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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.

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!

jim The PoetBay support member heart!
Such gentle and natural use of language ~