Wednesday, June 10, 2015

"Summer Begins"


Summer begins  
shedding stress by    
lusting for Father Ralph  
I become Meggie   
slipping into heartbreak  
reliving my own devotion  
veiling my Catholic guilt under Italian lace 
missal clutched in small, white-gloved hand   
crystal Rosary, blessed by Pius XII,  
soothing my restless fingers  
his Irish brogue a supple song   
his blue eyes like laughter
he kneels before me, eye-to-eye   
proposes a date  
he’ll be my father—  
a surrogate breaking bread 
erasing my disappointment 
drying my tears with his finger tips  
tugging my hand to the crook of his arm 
his brilliance dazzles me
my heart worships him 

Copyright 2011 Elizabeth Abrams Chapman


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