Poem As Priest


Like the good Catholic boy
who tells his all
to the patient priest,

the poet pours his soul
into the poem,
confesses his passions,

his private fears,
that flow like lamb’s blood
upon the pure white page

that passes sentence
after sentence
upon his sins

and turns his
penance
into prayer.



©Charles Ghigna

3 comments:

  1. I have often thought of poems as prayer, or -- if we're gonna get really Catholic about it -- as a sacrifice offered up. Sometimes I have to think about writing that way, or I just won't do it at all.

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  2. Thanks, Sally.
    I like the way you think.
    You may be on your way
    to a new poem using the metaphor
    of how a poem is "a sacrifice offered up."

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  3. Hello,
    I love the above picture.
    Could you tell me where I could find the original?
    Thanks
    Daniel

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