Right After The Bell

The Baltimore Catechism,

mornings at eight

Sister Marcella,

don’t ever be late


Its message didactic,

the devil to run

Each question, each answer,

with God zero-sum


Who and what made me,

and why every day

Resistance was futile,

dissent not displayed


An altar boy’s memories,

his sacristy torn

Still missing the process

—where freedom was born


(Saint Thomas of Villanova Chapel: December, 2021)


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