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In a Welsh Chapel Darkly

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In a Welsh Chapel Darkly

I know you see me from up there,
from halfway up the steep and twisting lane.
In early half-light as you take your walk
I no doubt seem to loom as you descend,
appear to grow, to rise from earth,
my boxlike rectilinearity,
severe and unadorned geometry,
a silhouette against the solitary sodium source.

I once hosted fiery-throated hymns
from dedicated souls in Sunday best:
“Marchog, Jesu, yn llwyddiannus”,
“O! Iesu mawr, rho d’anian bur” –
voices rich and raised and resonant,
so filled with faith, so gorged with God.
My pitch-pine pews were polished
by coat and skirt and trouser twill.

Abandoned now, unloved, slab-still,
void and stark and desolate,
with quarry-tiled floor that would resound
with joy were anyone to walk upon it,
I present gaping emptiness, a thing felt,
a cave whose darkness, palpable,
is peopled by retreating echoes of my past,
like timorous ghosts far too afraid to speak.

But there is One I must not name
who lodges in my roomy quarters,
cowers within my tight square corners,
seeking shadows when the sun stares in.
I hear Him breathing as
He sweats in His remorse, a thing smelt,
hiding from the accusing gaze
of His forlorn creation.

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  1. Date: 12/13/2012 6:16:00 PM
    I love dialect verse. What a fine write congrad's on your win. Light & Love

  1. Date: 12/13/2012 11:46:00 AM
    Congratulations on your win Andrew. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 12/13/2012 8:05:00 AM
    Many congratulations on your well-deserved super win, Andrew! An amazing piece which I greatly enjoyed! love and hugs, Leonora

    John Avatar Andrew John
    Date: 12/13/2012 9:20:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Many thanks, leonora. I've done a general reply to all of those who have been kind enough to comment, which you can no doubt find. It's good to get this feedback
  1. Date: 12/13/2012 3:16:00 AM
    Thank you, everyone, for your kind words. I didn't know I'd won till I saw the alerts in my inbox. I am, though, thinking of shortening it a bit, believing that all the business about "he remembers and repents" could come out, leaving still the main message that I've put the deity in the dock for the mess the world is in. (I half expected some flak for suggesting that, but, hey, it's the chapel talking!) :-) Thanks again, people.

  1. Date: 12/13/2012 2:52:00 AM
    Andrew congrats on your big win, love this...David

    John Avatar Andrew John
    Date: 12/13/2012 3:17:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Many thanks. I've done a general reply to all of those who have been kind enough to comment, which you can no doubt find. It's good to get this feedback.
  1. Date: 12/13/2012 12:34:00 AM
    congratulations on your win Andrew xx

    John Avatar Andrew John
    Date: 12/13/2012 3:17:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Many thanks. I've done a general reply to all of those who have been kind enough to comment, which you can no doubt find. It's good to get this feedback.
  1. Date: 12/12/2012 10:37:00 PM
    Congratulations on your 1st place win.

    John Avatar Andrew John
    Date: 12/13/2012 3:18:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Many thanks. I've done a general reply to all of those who have been kind enough to comment, which you can no doubt find. It's good to get this feedback.
  1. Date: 12/12/2012 9:49:00 PM
    Andrew gwneud yn dda, llongyfarchiadau, I am congratulating Andrew. Well done .....Seren

    John Avatar Andrew John
    Date: 12/13/2012 3:18:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Many thanks. I've done a general reply to all of those who have been kind enough to comment, which you can no doubt find. It's good to get this feedback.
  1. Date: 12/12/2012 7:09:00 PM
    When the trumpets blow, the walls will shake, tremble, and come crashing down; capturing the spirit for ever, of One who cowers in darkness.

    John Avatar Andrew John
    Date: 12/13/2012 3:18:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Many thanks. I've done a general reply to all of those who have been kind enough to comment, which you can no doubt find. It's good to get this feedback.
  1. Date: 12/12/2012 6:49:00 PM
    There is more here each time I read it. A gift you have in story telling and description.......so artfully done! I'm wowed! Congratulations!

    John Avatar Andrew John
    Date: 12/13/2012 3:18:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Many thanks. I've done a general reply to all of those who have been kind enough to comment, which you can no doubt find. It's good to get this feedback.
  1. Date: 12/12/2012 5:41:00 PM
    Fantastic write! I'll be reading it over many times.

    John Avatar Andrew John
    Date: 12/13/2012 3:18:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Many thanks. I've done a general reply to all of those who have been kind enough to comment, which you can no doubt find. It's good to get this feedback.