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Holy Place
by Gianetta Ellis
Thursday, April 04, 2013
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We are a church, you and I -
you are stained glass
in love with the minister moon,
I am the steeple
whereupon the late afternoon sun
rests her weary head;
where refuge is sought,
we stand; when they kneel
we feel their knees upon our spine,
when they seek solace
we show them shadows
stretching light like a sermon;
we are a promise, you and I -
our hymns ring out
in birdsong from the bell tower,
our psalms grow wild in the meadow,
and our elders stretch in canopy
so the downtrodden
may dream at their feet;
we are sacred ground, you and I -
just beyond the narrow pass,
we conceal our dead deep
beneath our skin and remember
them like passages from a book;
Together, we are a church -
without me, you are glass;
without you, I am merely stone.
© Gianetta Ellis, April 3, 2013




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Reviewed by Christine Tsen
Oh, such glorious imagery, such beauty is born through your words!
Reviewed by Ronald Hull
A wonderful analogy of comparing a relationship to a church. Very unique and very creative.

Reviewed by John Flanagan
it may be churlish to single out any part of this
glorious poem but the second stanza is, for me,
remarkable with the qualities of comfort and healing
and the eloquence of psalm and yes a definite dream quality
inhabits the entire piece

Gina, My Friend, this is masterly!

Reviewed by David Hightower
Wonderful dream and wonderful poem.The last three lines sum up the essence of the poem that applies to the lovers as well as the church:

Together, we are a church -
without me, you are glass;
without you, I am merely stone.

Touching and truthful.
Reviewed by Frank Whyte
Oh, the sanctity of love, never expressed more beautifully than this, I think, and to pull from a Mumford and Sons piece: "Where you invest your love, you invest your life..."

I stand in awe.
Reviewed by Jon Willey
Gina, this poem reminds me of a very old folk song that holds special significance for me. The song proclaims there is a church in the wildwood, no lovelier place in the dell. There is a similar rich and quaint ambiance in your rendering that create for me a place where peace and love are of pre-eminence. As an extension of the love and devotion of the parishioners your poetic description of the churches stained glass window and steeple create a spiritual bond of the inanimate into a holy place. Country churches have a special reverence we can readily appreciate that is not found in the mega structures of today’s religious temples. Many of my relatives lie in the hallowed grounds of one such old country church in St. Johnstown in rural Delaware. Your poem elicited a rush of emotions for me as I pictured the old church surrounded by the cemetery, generations of my family interred there. Peace love and the light of hope glow brightly in your words rich in human compassion. I wish you love and peace my dear friend. Jon Michael
Reviewed by Debby & Gordon Rosenberg
love that holy place :) beautiful
Reviewed by Budd Nelson
so beautifully penned and described kudos
Reviewed by Jansen Estrup
Reverence for a dream ... nicely expressed. Thank you.
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