Fall/Winter 2016

Jane Vincent Taylor


Entering St. Rose of Lima
Thanks to it being a feast day, we
Children were a bouquet of organdy
Under candlelight processing like little
Marys down the aisle. Outside, no
Secret language, no sacramental mystery
Protected us.
It was this church, mosaic, high altared, its
Rites all silk canonical embroidery, that was our
Ingress to a spiritual life, that lifted us above
The broken-sidewalk world given otherwise
Unto the town. Without such threshold doors,
The litany and chant and Latinate air, we’d be
Unbridled, unbaptized, only unassuming cowgirls
On Assumption Day.

Jane Vincent Taylor is an Oklahoma poet, teacher, and collaborator. Her latest book of poems, Pencil Light, was the inspiration for an exhibit of pencil drawings at Artspace at Untitled in Oklahoma City in 2015. Jane teaches at Ghost Ranch in Abiquiu, New Mexico. You can see what she is up to currently at janevincenttaylor.blogspot.com



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