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Where Two are Gathered
by Patricia Gomes

Monday, May 31, 2004
Rated "PG" by the Author.
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"I'm being followed by a moon shadow ..." - Cat Stevens

There are no walk-ins at the Church of All Souls.
The doors are bolted
after the last parishoners cross
its splintered threshold.

Oh, things seem natural enough
on the surface,
to the passersby,
to the uninitiated.
The ladies attend in big hats, the gentlemen tug
at the necks of their fresh-from-the dry cleaners white shirts,
and the children are all appropriately antsy.
But inside,
way up front, behind the undressed altar,

the crucifix hangs upside down.

Oh, things seem natural
on the surface;
the congregation is non-denominational,
the church is tax-exempt.
You've walked past
a hundred times and heard the hollow chanting.
-- Latin, isn't it?  Has to be.
You thought as you quickened your pace.
You've walked past
a hundred times and each time you did
a chill started at the base of your spine
and crawled up inch-by-inch
to spread across your shoulders.
Goose flesh
covered your arms
and as silly as you felt,

you made the Sign of the Cross.

Not out of respect, no—
that thought never entered your frightened mind.
you did it to protect yourself.

You've walked past
a hundred times and heard them chanting:
Latin, isn't it?
Oh, Friend—if it is Latin it is a bastardized perversion.
You've walked past
a hundred times and heard the chants, and you knew
that plans were being made.
Evils conceived,
infections spawned ...
souls gathered.

The fonts are dry, beetled breed in the bowls,
holy water is not available to these bishops.
Mass is held on Sunday morn,
but visitors are discouraged; this Mass
is by invitation only.
And aren't you glad of that?
The envelopes are predictably ash-smudged
and delivered by wall-eyed crows.

There are no walk-ins at the Church of All Souls.  Amen.

© 2004


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Reviewed by Tova Gabrielle 4/15/2005
holy shit! what is it, the poem makes me wonder? a satanic cult?! this is one f'in' evocative poem!
Reviewed by A Serviceable Villain 2/16/2005

Cleverly conceived and written - outstanding!!

Best wishes,

Reviewed by Lisa Cannons 6/17/2004
*shuddering* why do I do this to myself late at night!!!!
Loved every eerie minute of it!

Reviewed by ***** ********* (Reader) 6/10/2004
Pat, I don't know how this one got past me...

But I sure am glad I found it! What a menacing, eerie write -- absolutely a first class gem! I LOVE it! Your talent for describing the darkness that makes us uncomfortable is second to none -- if anything I hunger ot read MORE of your darker works!

This was so good I didn't want it to end!

Reviewed by Cynth'ya 6/4/2004
Expressive in epic proportions!
Peace 2 U Patricia,

cynth'ya lewis reed
Reviewed by Ronald Hull 6/2/2004
Sounds like the Eagles' "Hotel California" I'm not Catholic and glad I'm not going there---brrrrr--is it cold in here?
Reviewed by ya mama (Reader) 6/2/2004
a fab write.
Reviewed by Ted Sheridan (Reader) 6/2/2004
As far as the Cat Stevens mention, he is being followed by C.I.A.
Reviewed by Retta (Reindeer) Mckenzie 6/1/2004
Wow...I loved this, excellently dark and bone chilling!

Reviewed by Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado 6/1/2004
chilling and dark poetry at its best, pat! very nice!

(((HUGS))) and much love, your friend in tx., karen lynn. :D
Reviewed by La Belle Rouge (Reader) 6/1/2004
Sure glad I was left out of the guest list! Wow this is chilling, Pat.
Reviewed by Paul Berube 6/1/2004
Patricia, very mesmerizing write. I still get those feeling whenever I pass a church. The music and language of yesterday still lingers on the mind.
Reviewed by Lady Peg (Reader) 5/31/2004
Awesonme poetry and I love the pic and the muse.....
Reviewed by Tinka Boukes 5/31/2004
Powerful write Patricia!!

Love Tinka
Reviewed by E T Waldron 5/31/2004
Masterpiece written all over this one Pat!
I've got shivers and chills, thanks to you;-)!
Reviewed by Tami Ryan 5/31/2004
Whoa. Powerful words, these.
Reviewed by Debashish Haar (Reader) 5/31/2004
This is some post>>>I got scared, Patricia!!!It is raining out here,and power gone PC running on UPS backup...And your poem made the mood even chilling for me... <GRIN>


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