Friday, September 3, 2010

Flash Friday 55: Hushed History


Arthritic-bent hands
carefully place my money
in the tattered envelope
Her age-tracked face,
smiling

Hushed, we step
into the sanctuary

Hear it's reverent-quiet

while ornately gold,
regal red
shimmers
in the candlelight
of history
this place of worship
still comforting souls
centuries later
the flames
of prayerful
hope
dance shadows
on the walls,
my heart.



This is Flash Friday 55. If you'd like to join us, tell a story in exactly 55 words, and place your link in g-man's (Mr. Knowitall) comments. He's our host. 

 My 55 was inspired by our visit to Sitka, Alaska, home of St. Michael's Cathedral, a Russian orthodox church that was built in 1848. Awesome experience.

19 comments:

clean and crazy said...

awesome 55, i love your layout, this blog is beautiful. thanks for stopping by!!

Monkey Man said...

Beautifully described. Great 55 and thanks for visiting mine.

Cheryl said...

Very evocative of a moment in time. Awesome 55.

TALON said...

This was so beautiful...and written with such reverance for what is obviously a gorgeous church. Fabulous 55!

purejoy said...

love the reverence of the memory. looks like a spectacular place to visit!

PattiKen said...

I find the really old cathedrals to be awesome places. St. Patrick's in NY was completed in 1878, and is the most accessible, obviously. But Notre Dame in Paris was completed in 1345 and that just blew my mind. I always feel as though, if I could just be still enough, I'd be able to hear all that history.

I loved this 55.

5thsister said...

tina...this was lovely! and the photograph perfect!

Alice Audrey said...

Great slice of life 55.

G-Man said...

Tina....
This was Fantastic!
I love love love Historical 55's.
Just ask Patti, she's the Queen of them!
Great pic as well.
Thank you for this very interesting entry today.
You Rock The Matinooska Valley Baby..
Thanks for playing, and have a Kick Ass Week-End

Prayer Girl said...

Life is good and this 55 is beautiful.

PG

Someone Is Special said...

So beautiful, tina.... All your works are very good.. You are an awesome writer...

--Someone Is Special--

Jenny said...

Oh wow. I love this.

Brian Miller said...

a beautiful place...your words accent it well...smiles.

Thom said...

This was wonderful my friend. I so enjoyed reading this and the photo goes so well. Have a wonderful weekend :)

Me said...

Nice 55, I love old churches too...history that you can touch and feel has such a strong pull...
-C

magiceye said...

wow! lovely!
so visually evocative!

joanny said...

Beautifully written, amazing so few words and you said so much and so very well.-- nice 55er.

Joanny
http://thedowsersdaughter.blogspot.com/

Jannie Funster said...

Old chruches always make me cry. There is just something so majestic and beautiful I am always moved, as this 55 moved me. Actually, newer churches can move me too, something so reverent and awesome, like God himself.

Thank you so much for sharing -- I feel all happy now!

xo

Hold my hand: a social worker's blog said...

Oh wow... excellent!

Doris