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A Low Church

“All war is a deception”

The day was chilly and dark
Low clouds hung over the sun
A low church stood a silent witness
To the raging sea and surf
Past its bent arch, darkness reigned
A candle lit slowly by the priest.
One by one the faces come to light.
Amused bronze. Smiling stone. Unsurprised.
For a time the length of that candle
gesture after gesture revives and dies.
Stance after lost stance is found
and lost again.
Who was that, you ask.
The saviour, the son, the priest replies.
A sceptic candle coughs.
I count the angels on the wall
And mother Mary’s soft tears
As all around the war rages
You come out in the dark sun
And find the children playing the game of death


By Tahera Mannan

For constance’s “The Church by the ocean” contest

Copyright © Tahera Mannan

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  1. Date: 1/25/2013 7:15:00 PM
    This is excellent Tahera, I like it. Very powerful.

  1. Date: 10/6/2011 10:22:00 PM
    Brilliant and deep write, Tahera. I believe in a universal church also...a church "without walls". Congratulations on your fine win...well deserved! Love, Annalise

  1. Date: 10/6/2011 9:45:00 PM
    wonderfully penned Tahera, congrats on your win in the contest

  1. Date: 10/5/2011 9:28:00 PM
    Good imagery, Tahera. Congrats on your win. Kim

  1. Date: 10/5/2011 8:00:00 PM
    An intense interpretation of the contest. Congratulations on your win. Love, Joyce

  1. Date: 10/5/2011 5:16:00 PM
    Congrats Tahera on a wonderful well deserved win with these brilliant lines of beauty my friend.. the e mail I sent u bounced back to me.. what do u want to do now? luv..

  1. Date: 10/5/2011 1:08:00 PM
    A powerful poem, Tahera! Deep and profound....Congratulations on your deserving win in the contest. Love, Annalise

  1. Date: 10/5/2011 10:54:00 AM
    Congratulations on your win with this very thoughtful poem Tahera

  1. Date: 10/5/2011 8:26:00 AM
    Great work in the contest. Congratulations on your win.

  1. Date: 10/4/2011 1:41:00 PM
    Congratulations on your win Tahera in "The Church By The Ocean" contest. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 9/26/2011 3:30:00 PM
    such a grand write Tahera..luv the quote is so true my friend.. war is deception.. lovely lines will earn u a top spot in this contest..beautiful as always..good luck..luv..

  1. Date: 9/24/2011 3:07:00 PM
    What a wonderful vividly descriptive piece, Tahera. Many congrats on your wins too

  1. Date: 9/24/2011 11:05:00 AM
    Im so glad I stopped by..this is one of the best pieces Ive read in a while. You should be very proud...I love the last is brilliant. BG