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Stained Glass Saint
(A Prayer to St Peter)

I recall not the color of moonbeam
past your orange and red
stained glass head
now it shines as ethereal light
transforming this man
from a mere mortal
to a perpetual work of art

Dancing with you
as if joining you in afterlife—
my silhouette a cape of indigo and mauve
my head borrowing halo
the blush of my heart did I really abandon
at the churchyard gate
for bloodroses to wear
when it is here scheming for something—
perhaps a slot in heaven?

Seeking shelter
under the roofs of your cathedral,
lest there’s no room for me
under the grace of your lord’s love

but, oh, saint I vow
it is just my soul
that was blemished last night
and the ones before that
in the taverns
and caverns
my stubborn
flesh led me to be
so far away from him
Yet, oh, even though
tainted I am
shine on this forlorn face
make it beautiful
if only for tonight

and artificially

crystal face I kiss
tongue tastes like sweet cold rain
I fall into pond

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The following comments are for "Stained Glass Saint (A Prayer to St Peter)"
by peterpaulino

Peter's Window.
Peter, this is absolutely beautiful! I Love it.
You captured the moment I've often been a part of, as I stand at the altar with the choir on Sunday morning. There is always that perfect moment, when the sun is just right, gleaming through the stained glass windows, when I feel so close to heaven!

Incidentally, my church is St. Peter the Apostle church...what could be better!


( Posted by: Beatrice Boyle [Member] On: January 3, 2006 )

Peter- You always amaze me with your beautiful articulation of the scene that you surround me with. You are a wonderful poet. Alaays filled with artistry. I see your words...

You are always beautiful. Thank you. and best blessings-

( Posted by: emaks [Member] On: January 4, 2006 )

Absolutely , a prayerful and convering piece of work from the and the soul , sinner yet knowing how to ask for forgiveness, that is what we do everyday conversions and we go direct to the keeper of the keys of the kingdom. GOD BLESS YOU PETER, and may god continue to pour fort good and inspiring words on this and other sites.

( Posted by: peperethefleabag [Member] On: January 5, 2006 )

I really enjoyed this. The flow is awesome as it places a lovely vision in my mind....Well done, tipping my hat even if I don't have one on. A beautifuL poem, I could picture the 'Stained Glass Saint'. What wonderful image, I applause, loved this.


( Posted by: JEANNIE45 [Member] On: January 5, 2006 )

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