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

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

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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.

I echo OTP’s words. This, and forms like these, suit you well

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".