Iglesia 1953 – a poem by Antoni Ooto

Iglesia 1953

no one sweeping the stairs
no one comes and goes
no services posted
a soundless congregation

(curious thoughts of a young child)

on this German-Irish-Italian block,
Dutchtown’s misplaced immigrant
foreign, mysterious,
marks time in silence––

alongside Lou’s butcher shop,
lacking sacramental staging,
this small chapel––
more a landscape where people pass by,
hear little
see no one



Antoni Ooto is a poet and flash fiction writer.  He has been a frequent contributor to Palettes and Quills and An Upstate of Mind.  He lives and works in upstate New York with his wife, writer/storyteller Judy DeCroce.


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