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Province of St. Therese

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Black Pearl


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Summoned to dwell the realm
of a boundless, bottomless keep,
Where arching spires have no feet,
They form a gentle fingered dome 
Sheltering her wonderings
– praises and song.

~ He who dwells ~ Whose image 
shrouded stays, just beneath a Black
stained skin of precious Pearl,
Enjoins on her a language taught only 
by exchange, of His endearing gaze 
into the Heart of her cloister.


In case you’re wondering, this poem is about prayer and the heart.  The stanzas are separated by different ideas about the heart and what happens there.  Do the words “boundless” or “Black” feel relevant to each stanza?  Might you have chosen to use some other word instead of “endearing” in the second stanza?  Does the poem make anything clear or point to a resolution of any kind?

Give it a think.



Written by Hannah De Lisser


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