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Disconnections: July 24.18


Some of us know it

from school days gone by

the rarified glow

of a holycard sky.

Angels and saints

no laggards allowed

canopied ever

by holycard cloud

its edges alive

with a peachy-gold hue

it had to be thus —

plain white wouldn’t do.

It all seemed marshmallowy

pretend, and ideal,

but I see it right now

undeniably real.


A word about holycards: they were tokens of acknowledgement given out in Catholic schools ever so long ago. They all depicted role models. Kind of like baseball cards but more flowy. And with lilies. In that time a coveted laurel.



4 thoughts on “Disconnections: July 24.18

  1. If I can stop smiling, I’ll try to comment. You evoked such memories with this post. I still have my Catholic grade school missal that includes many holy cards. I always had at least one for St. Jude. 🙂 I can guarantee you when I’m history and my daughter or grandkids open the drawer they are kept in, they won’t have a clue what it is or how it was used. 🙂 I LOVE the comparison to baseball cards. 🙂

    • Seriously???!! I too have my old missal in a drawer — I think mine is a St. Andrew missal and it has wonderfully flimsy pages that were very monastic and medieval (to me). Ribbons as place markers. Latin on one side and English on the other. Same for you? And, yes, holycards too. For our kids these drawers will be like archaeological digs. I love it that you understand the holycard sky!

  2. I like this one.

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