I like to sit in churches.

When no one else is there.

Not because of any kind of ideology

But because I love beauty.

There is a particular one that I visit pretty regularly

Made of adobe.

It is not big.

I go there to feel the silence.

By ‘feel’ I mean just that.

The interior is uncluttered by the usual Catholic paraphernalia.

It rises two stories

And only a very few beams obstruct the open space.

The pews are simple and hand hewn.

The altar just simply ‘is’.

I go in and pick a seat.

I look around for awhile

Noticing the bird activity just outside the clerestory windows above me.

I feel clean in there.

Clean from the inside out.

Something like my natural self

Without all the overlays

Of expectation, desire, greed and disappointment


I like her.

Very much.

I remember her.

And why should she be waiting for me here,

In the second pew to the left

On this particular day

Of the week?


One Response to “Space”

  1. Judy on March 1st, 2011

    I like sitting in like manner in empty churches for many of the same reasons.

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