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The Lapping Tide

This is nourishing, redemptive; we become less alone inside.
-David Foster Wallace 

Walking through a delirium,
I was tired.
The sand felt like purgatory,
A rising incline into a forever
That my mind numbed against.
I was awash of intentions, thought, even interest.
I had, in short, nothing left.

Then the pillars came into view.
As if begging for a story, a reason for being,
I was pulled, staggeringly, as if reeled from a
Fishing line to those salted gray walls,
The shards of church windows poking out of weathered frames.
What is that felt echo? St. Ignatius? The Archange? Michael? My brother?
I am so empty.

I sat down on the stone to rest the non-feeling.
The tide lapping into my mind.
I wanted none of it.
But there it was, anyway.
Persistent. Maddening. Life-giving.

*Matt Caliri
*The Church By The Ocean
*9/29/11

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  1. Date: 10/6/2011 10:28:00 PM
    Enjoyed this deep write, Matt. Congratulations on your very fine win. Love, Annalise

  1. Date: 10/5/2011 9:37:00 PM
    Congrats on your win, Matt! Kim

  1. Date: 10/5/2011 8:10:00 PM
    A great entry. Congratulations Matt. Love, Joyce

  1. Date: 10/5/2011 5:21:00 PM
    Congrats Matt on a wonderful exciting win in this contest with brilliant lines of poetic art luv..

  1. Date: 10/5/2011 10:45:00 AM
    Nicely written Matt. Congratulations

  1. Date: 10/5/2011 8:27:00 AM
    Not too shabby. Good for you.

  1. Date: 10/5/2011 5:41:00 AM
    Matt-this is a true prize-winner here....so many great lines. My favorites are the sand feeling like purgatory...awash of intentions...the shards poking out of weathered frames...u painted with words to well, I felt as tho I was standing there feeling hopeless and yet beckoned by the echoes too. Superb...chilling spiritual write. Gwendolen

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    Date: 10/5/2011 5:42:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


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  1. Date: 10/4/2011 1:45:00 PM
    Congratulations on your win Matt in "The Church By The Ocean" contest. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 9/30/2011 11:10:00 AM
    Beautiful Matt, I am sending you a soupmail~~