THE MONK

by Antonio Gil May. 27, 2016 2009 views

AS IF NOT ALONE.
a poem by Terry Collett


That monk
in the refectory
of the abbey,

bespectacled
with dark curly hair
like a cissy girl,

gave me the stare
as if I shouldn't be there,
but maybe

he wasn't
looking at me at all,
perhaps at the opposite wall

or a monk behind me
who stared back at him
with equal stare

wishing maybe
he wasn't there.
I cleaned the bogs

on the second floor,
swept the cloister
as if some

holy street
or one of them
in Jerusalem

where He once walked
or strolled with others
before the Roman's

did Him in.
The old peasant monk
sharpened his scythe

on the narrow stone,
before continuing
to cut the tall grass,

lonesome looking,
humble, God blessed,
as if not alone.

♫♫ PARADISI PORTAE, GREGORIAN CHANT - CATHOLIC MONK, NUN, MENDICANT TRIBUTE♫♫ [youtube.com]

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Jay Boggess 3 years, 7 months ago

The monk is a little spooky, especially since not flesh is visible...He looks more like a wraith than a holy man...

3 years, 7 months ago Edited
Renato Martins 3 years, 7 months ago

#1 é boa mas gostaria muito de a ter visto na vertical... mesmo assim guardo a #3 na LF pois gosto muito do campo mínimo de focagem, o que me leva a atravessar o capuz e imaginar a expressão do monge... caso ele existisse. :)
Pura incerteza.

3 years, 7 months ago Edited
Abe Jackson 3 years, 7 months ago

In the Zone.

3 years, 7 months ago Edited
Ros Mercury 3 years, 7 months ago

Great work I too don't really like the monk but then it's only a way of seing them.

3 years, 7 months ago Edited
Larry Sample 3 years, 7 months ago

Well done friend!

3 years, 7 months ago Edited
Gillian Parsons 3 years, 7 months ago

Amazing first shot........

3 years, 7 months ago Edited
Moira 3 years, 7 months ago

Looks like just his cloak :-)

3 years, 7 months ago Edited
Kenny H 3 years, 7 months ago

I like the clarity and the angle you took the first shot from.

3 years, 7 months ago Edited
Chris Cann 3 years, 7 months ago

Number one for me as well Antonio, the monk looks kinda creepy sorry.

3 years, 7 months ago Edited
Tim Rogers 3 years, 7 months ago

fantastic

3 years, 7 months ago Edited
Mike Meliska 3 years, 7 months ago

Nice find.

3 years, 7 months ago Edited
John Parsons 3 years, 7 months ago

Was he real or just a ghost??

3 years, 7 months ago Edited
Marilyn Grimble 3 years, 7 months ago

It's the first for me too!
The monk looks more like a phantom!

3 years, 7 months ago Edited
Bill Baird 3 years, 7 months ago

#1 is superb !!

3 years, 7 months ago Edited
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