The Remains of St. Paul, 28 March

[27 August 2019]

We watch in silence as the
bulldozers tear down the rest of the old
church, brick and plywood and old green carpeting
descending from the sky and landing in a heap on the bare
earth. The dust cloud lingers, disseminates,
spreads and works its way onto our skin and into our
bodies, a final meal, a baptism of endings. You stand there,
leaning against the doorframe to the sanctuary, the last
icon of a time when all things old were
new, a portal to something sacred,
arms crossed like a holy knight or a bouncer at
Saint Peter’s gate or a Christ who
never found his way up that old rugged cross.

8 responses to “The Remains of St. Paul, 28 March”

  1. NZain avatar

    Those last couple of lines….

    1. Nathan AM Smith avatar

      I was very happy to have stumbled upon them! 🙂

  2. Scott Rainer avatar

    Deeply touching..,

    1. Nathan AM Smith avatar

      Thank you so much 🙂

      1. Scott Rainer avatar
  3. orkidedatter avatar

    you never stop surprising me🎶
    This is great… that end.. wow❤️

    1. Nathan AM Smith avatar

      Thank you, my dear friend!!

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