North Shore Medical Interfaith Chapel

The sanctuary:
decorated with banners
made of felt squares
on which children
had inscribed their prayers,

their wishes and hopes,

their cheering phrases,
and made rudimentary art.

Gospa of Medjugorje pray for us


Starry Starry Night

Mazel tov

Love and peace

Happy birthday, Paige!

We love you, Matthew!

A mandala
behind the altar,

a rainbow-hued
kaleidoscopic image
of intricate geometry
and impeccable symmetry.

Depicted on the over-

hanging altar cloth,

a spirited crowd

of religious symbols

(cross, Star of David,
tree of life, yin/yang,
scripture in Arabic).

On the wall opposite the altar
a handsome framed calligraphy,

First Corinthians, chapter 13:
Love is patient, love is kind ...

On a wee table to the right,
the "Care Notes" one tends to
find in hospitals,
and in a drawer of that table,
half a dozen copies
of Our Daily Bread.

The floors: spotless, polished,
of a very blond wood.

A few chairs along the back wall.
And closer to the altar,
a few more chairs
arranged in a semi-circle,
one with a kneeler-cushion
bracketed to the back legs.

Dividing the entryway
(or exit-way)
from the sanctuary,
a sliver of wall,
with small shelves
storing Bibles
in English and Spanish
and Portuguese,
paperback Qu'rans,
the Tanakh

with a bright blue cover,
and a looseleaf binder
with the Mi Shebeirach
prayer for healing.

Poetry by Thomas DeFreitas The PoetBay support member heart!
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Written on 2018-01-05 at 03:08

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Kathy Lockhart The PoetBay support member heart!
You opened the scene up for me so vividly. Ah, so peaceful, so inviting, so filled with innocence and love. I saw the light shining through the stained glasses windows. Did you mention those? I've been transported into a most lovely time and place. How about the wooden pews, the aromas from the kitchen, my favorite Sunday School teacher? I see her too. Thank you Thomas. God Bless you.

jim The PoetBay support member heart!
After reading this I read the Mi Shebeirach, with no one person in mind, but all of us.

As well as: Namaste, Starry Starry Night, Mazel tov, Love and peace, Happy birthday, Paige! We love you, Matthew!

you might your very own:

"peace and light," it would be a welcome and appropriate addition I'm sure.