Monday, May 03, 2010


May is the time
of May Crownings
and First Communions,
of blossoms
and of light,
bringing forth the delicious awareness
of the exceptional distinction
of being young,
and female,
and Catholic.

Lace and tulle bedecked,
with veils and crowns,
we share our unique significance
with the Mother of God!

With her we come forward
to receive Our Lord--
our innocent "yes"
facilitating the union--

God alive
in us.

The feelings fade
over time
but come back
in waves

like labor,

giving birth
to a long forgotten longing

and in dreams
that visit
when day time defenses
are asleep,

and call us back
to live

our ancient, created value.

Originally published on Falling Plum Poetry on April 30, 2009.  


Michele said...

great post!

Dymphna said...

Thanks, Michele!

Michele said...

your welcome. what i love about your blogs is that that they are very thought provoking, always with logic, and beautiful pictures. its definitely my favorite of all the blogs i read. :)

Dymphna said...

Thanks! :D

TACParent said...

I remember when you first posted this poem. Nice poem and beautiful pictures.

Dymphna said...


Anonymous said...

Wonderful poem! I pray that the children who make their first communion this year remain in the Lord's care and in His Church.

So you feel that May helps highlight the experience of being female and Catholic? I wouldn't know, being male and an adult convert. But thanks for posting this beautiful piece.


Barbara said...

Loved this poem.

Dymphna said...

Thanks! Perhaps because my birthday is also in May, I've always felt that May does have a certain significance to Catholic girls. Its great to get in touch with that as you get older.

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