Bookmark – a poem by Rita Moe


Let nothing disturb thee;
Let nothing dismay thee;
All things pass:
God never changes.
Patience attains
All that it strives for.
He who has God
Finds he lacks nothing.
God alone suffices.
 —St.  Theresa of Avila, 16th century

At Woolworth’s 
my mother bought 

two yards of wide,
red satin ribbon,
parsed it into six 
inch lengths, 

pinked a crown
on the top of each,

sheared an alpine slope
at the bottoms, 

fed them one by one 
into the roller 

of our portable 

Letter by letter, 
fingering each key

like beads 
of a rosary, 

she imprinted 
the saint’s prayer 

and handed the ribbons out  
like benedictions. 

Let nothing disturb thee;
Let nothing dismay thee…

I found solace 
in the words;

saw in Theresa 
a sister in renouncement;

and times 
would even weep 

at being addressed, 
so tenderly, as thee.   

Rita Moe’s poetry has appeared in Water~StonePoet Lore, Slipstream, and other literary journals.  She is the author of two poetry chapbooks, Sins & Disciplines and Findley Place; A Street, a Ballpark, a Neighborhood.  She has two grown sons and lives with her husband in Roseville, Minnesota.  

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