Sunday, June 2, 2013


The crucifix is gone
the one I got discount,
for singing a cappella.

I quaffed enough blood,
dissolved my fill of broken body.

It served a melismatic purpose.

Chants are replaced by BBC Radio 3
all the pizzicato that nailed fingers
cannot convey.

I learn to sight-read on my own,
toss the tasteful ornament,
the placid swaddling,
in a box of discarded syntax

rain heavy on the roof
like applause.

tk/June 2013

Thanks to R.A.D. Stainforth for another excellent read.  

Waking, Walking, Singing, in the Next Dimension? 1979 by Morris Graves 


  1. How apropos for a Sunday morning. . And the last two should take a bow!

  2. ...the tangible representation may have been gone... but it has left you with a perpetual unison deep inside... beyond what bare hands can map... and what poor eyes can drink... as always the readings & your poem makes a wonderful treat after dinner... loved it... smiles...

  3. Damn it; I shall now forever think of heavy rain on the roof as applause!

  4. This is fantastic, I love the last lines!

  5. cause for applause- I too shall hear applause when the rains descend!
    Have a great week Tess!

  6. very compelling and thought provoking.

  7. Yes, i like that last bit, too. great write.

  8. We both were thinking of singing this week. Yours was excellent...

  9. 'I quaffed enough blood,
    dissolved my fill of broken body' - yes, we all move on, one way or another.

  10. A crucifix can go in so many directions.

  11. wonderful painting. i grew up going to church. my mom thought it was a necessary part of parenting. dad rarely went. two views. during college, it all ended for me interesting theme arising from that painting

  12. A crucifix, rain like applause ... so much to take from this

  13. Excellent Virginia, i like where you are going with this.....porticoes of streaming data of a type i think i have nit seen before......

  14. Lots of rain forecast for today but now will view it differently. Applauds for me while I am inside folding laundry and other fun necessities! I guess it's all in the perspective!

  15. Music, glorious music ~~ your poem made me want to sing,pick up my flute ... step inside an ancient church ~~ listen to the sound of a Gregorian chant.

  16. Oh yes! I like the notion of applauding rain!

  17. Memorable lines.."I quaffed enough blood".. and the body, broken..priceless!

  18. Nice one, Tess. You've sent me searching for my own "box of discarded syntax."

  19. man, some images, (be them audible "images"?) stay with you, and I love the diminished font of "like applause"... brilliant as always.

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