the crux

church of St Paul's photoart & poem - the crux
photoart & poem – ©2017 Laura Granby

Sometimes the West door is sealed
cameras secreted where gargoyles scrutinize lead rooves
people disbarred – or lured by coffee aromas
vegan buns and picnickers in pews
I wander our churches for whereabouts of worship
and coming to the crunch
feel God wondering there too

Just 44 words scrunched together for De’s Quadrille: Crunch
(informal: a crucial point or situation)

36 Comments on “the crux

    • I love your wonderful take on it – thank you De

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  1. I like your views of St. Pauls. I love the wonder/wander as well. the few times I visited I was always amazed at the picnickers in church pews.

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    • Not so much St. Paul’s but some churches are cafe hybrids

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  2. Wonderful description of the church,….. and finding God doing the same as you… wandering.

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    • Crisp packets amongst the hymnals?!

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  3. Many years ago when I worked in Cheapside, I used to wander down to St Paul’s on my lunch break. Back then it wasn’t quite so busy in the week, not so many tourists, and it was a place to enjoy peace and quiet, some time to think. I can understand God wondering at the picnickers in the pews.

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        • Dear ladies, sorry that I fail to resist nosing into this conversation. Here’s why: Whenever I’m in the UK, I often park my car near St Mary-le-Bow, eat in Bread Street Kitchen or the sort and hang round the churchyard of St Paul’s (never paid to get in either). So, next time if you see a Chinese guy with a young family of five in the area, maybe you can give him a shout and ask if he’s a pescetarian. Lol

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  4. I liked God’s wondering and the sound of “picnickers in pews”. That was a very nice photograph. It reminded me of stained glass which would fit the church theme.

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  5. That ending line calls for a deeper reflection between God and ourselves ~ Love your perspective ~

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    • so well observed – thank you for putting it into words

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  6. This was a wonderful poem. So descriptive… cameras in Gargoyles and God wondering with you among the pews!! Perfect!

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  7. There’s a small caf in St Paul’s crypt but I’ve never seen anyone picnicking in the pews. I must watch for this next time that I’m there.

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  8. Great take on the prompt. You had me a little confused with “rooves,” which I assume is meant to be a plural of roof? But once I got past that, I loved the underlying theme.

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    • Old usage but it seems to sound better than the shorter oof – like hooves rather than hoofs

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  9. That last line somehow had me wondering if the Lord had a whip of cords in hand to chase after the merchants of candles and coffees.

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    • As long as the aim is to gather the flocks the shepherd will not cast them out

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      • And these are the days when many claim to belong to the pen, and many claim to be the shepherd. Wanderers on the pasture … wondering if they’re faithfully following. *sigh*

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