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A Monastery Visit
by Gwen Dickerson

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This monastery is sacred, old and beautiful
Courtyards present glorious flowers and greenery
Huge wood carved doors greet and lure us inside
where there is a hushed, yet charged, serenity

Walls and floors of stone hold ancient secrets
whispered by contrite souls throughout its history
They begged forgiveness! Some were obsessed!
Many experienced ecstasy! All sought divinity!

We sit within this monastery where feelings are alive
where vibrating thoughts of yesteryears
are hauntingly potent and have indeed survived
They linger and merge with today's prayers and tears

This atmospheric, electrical and spiritual energy
saturates the mind and hearts of hungry worshipers
who seek purification, dedication and direction
Monks channel love to these life weary travelers

We sit where both saints and sinners have sat
where they've dreamed, schemed, rejoiced and cried
stressing, confessing, agonizing and ever beseeching
concerned of their destiny, that it be certified

Praying here, amongst candles and heavy incense
we hopefully seek blissful existence in eternity
we sincerely seek to secure a harmonious decree
Yet, we sometimes struggle with feelings of disparity

Seated upon pews made of hundreds of years old wood
worn smooth from continuous sitting and sliding
We thirsty souls sing of an ultimate greater good
Reverently, we chant as we think of life and dying

We pray desperately for forgiveness and blessings
We pray for grace and mercy through Christ crucified
We pray for all the souls that have ever lived!
We pray for all the souls that have ever died!

copyright(c)2003 by Gwen Dickerson

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Reviewed by Patricia Gomes 9/5/2003
Zen-ish; I like this one very much. This line: "...We sit where both saints and sinners have sat..." is almost a rebirth, that's where I most feel the Zen of your writing. Wonderful!
Reviewed by Jane Buttery 8/31/2003
You bring us in to the monastery with you and we see its' peace.
Thank you
Reviewed by Vicky Jeter 8/30/2003
Hi Gwen -- Gorgeous climax to this end.
Reviewed by Fr. Kurt Messick 8/29/2003
I will think of this on my next monastic visit.
Reviewed by Kay P Devenish 8/29/2003
Excellent,really well expressed.
Best wishes always
Reviewed by Sandie Angel 8/28/2003
A very inspirational poem, Gwen. Thanks so much for sharing!

May Lu a.k.a. Sandie Angel :o)
Reviewed by Retta (Reindeer) Mckenzie 8/28/2003
This was outstanding, so beautiful and inspirational,

Reviewed by - - - - - TRASK 8/28/2003
I'd Spent 1 Week . Saint Vincents College
Monastary,PA-If Nothing Else Peace Of
Mind(s) Fills The Air!!

Reviewed by Andre Bendavi ben-YEHU 8/28/2003
"A Monastery Visit" does good for all...
It made me go back three stages of life and come back on the wings of imagination.

An excellent reading. This poem, "A Monastery Visit" is instructing, inspiring and pleasing.

An erudite WRITING.

Andre Emmanuel Bendavi ben-YEHU
Reviewed by William Bonilla 8/28/2003
Excellent write
enjoyed reading

Reviewed by Lisa Hilbers 8/28/2003
This Gwen is absolutely beautiful. I read this twice to make sure I caught every thought and prayer. Thanks for sharing this! ~SH~
Reviewed by E T Waldron 8/28/2003
Gwen this is a premier write, beautifully expressed imagery! I was there I even joined the prayers!
Reviewed by Amor Sabor 8/28/2003
Very inspiring piece of work.
Reviewed by Victoria Murray 8/28/2003
Fabulous poem! Thanks for posting it!


Reviewed by nevine Al Seidi (Reader) 8/28/2003
Monastic zoom on the predicament of man.. Bravo, Gwen!

Reviewed by Tinka Boukes 8/28/2003
Profound and inspiring Write!!

Love Tinka
Reviewed by La Belle Rouge (Reader) 8/28/2003
This was spellbinding, Gwen. I adore old sacred place such as this. Such a pleasure to read.
Reviewed by Kate Clifford 8/28/2003
Very inspiring write!

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