Spencer: St Joseph's Abbey, Spencer, Mass., USA; I spent a week there during spring 1992. Ecce ancilla: "behold the handmaid [of the Lord]" (Luke 1:38). Salve Regina: "hail, [Holy] Queen."




Notes from Spencer

snowlight
at the monastery

 

ecce ancilla

 

*

 

raking leaves
dusting choir-stalls

 

tugging the bell-rope

 

*

 

setting up for dinner
kindly Br Ephrem

 

you're one of us

 

*

 

couldn't disguise
my unjoy

 

at a plate of baked beans

 

*

 

my Tsongas gaffe
in the solarium

 

vexed off old monks

 

*

 

dear Fr Simon
old as the saints

 

coffee       bread he baked

 

*

 

Trappist Preserves
conveyor belt

 

slow       too fast for me

 

*

 

Fr Luke
at his guitar

 

Salve Regina


as the Lenten day
darkened





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Written on 2023-12-03 at 10:04

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D G Moody
I was also there once Thomas - and this rings so true.
2023-12-03


Sameen
I echo OTP’s words. This, and forms like these, suit you well
2023-12-03


one trick pony The PoetBay support member heart!
Amazing how many images you've created that create an entire scenario in my imagination. Also, the peace you felt, and your happiness to be there, radiates from each short poem. I imagine the rope-pulling was a moment of intense joy.

This form suits you to a "t".
2023-12-03