Tuesday, February 2, 2016

My Weekly Prayers--By Edilson Afonso Ferreira--Brazil

My Weekly Prayers

Always on Tuesday, Saint Anthony’s day,
I attend Mass at Saint Anthony’s church, 
the littlest and farthermost of my town.  
Indeed, it is more like a chapel.
Few people go there, they pray mainly
at Saint Vincent’s, in the Central Square,
that looks as refulgent as a Cathedral.  
They are unaware that the church I go to
was built on the ground of old, or better,  
the oldest of our cemeteries.  
I know that great-grandparents’ bones
are in the foundation of Saint Anthony’s.
I strongly believe that  
my ancestors dispense their blessings
along with those of our Lord
and of the Saint of every Tuesday evening.

Edilson Afonso Ferreira is a Brazilian poet who writes in English rather than Portuguese, in order to reach more people. Has been published in online or printed venues like Cyclamens and Swords, Right Hand Pointing, Boston Poetry Magazine, The Lake, The Stare’s Nest, The Provo Canyon, Amomancies, Subterranean Blue, The Gambler, Whispers, Every Day Poems, Indiana Voice Journal and some others. Short listed in four American Poetry Contests, lives in a small town with wife, three sons and a granddaughter and began writing after retirement as a Bank Manager. He is collecting his works for a forthcoming book.    


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    1. Thank you, Ken Allan. It is short but powerful a comment!

  2. Edilson, I loved the tender loving feelings your spiritual write evoked. Thank you for sharing your talent.

    1. Thanks, Charlene, I have read some of your poems and have enjoyed very much. This one is a very personal poem of mine and I am very proud of it.

  3. Edilson,
    A very nice inspirational poem. Congratulations for being in the past couple issues of "WestWard Quarterly" a magazine I subscribe to and admire.
    Your friend,
    David Fox

    1. Many thnks, David. So glad for your comment and for knowing you have read me at West Ward Quarterly, where I also have another poem in the Winter issue, that I have not received yet - "Enduring Lovers". It is a magazine I love very much.

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    1. I"m glady you have enjoyed my poem. Thank you, Jack Horne.

  5. Edilson, thank you for sharing this delightful poem. I enjoyed it. Continued blessings!

    -MJ (www.tgbtgpublictions.com)

    1. So proud you have read and enjoyed. Your words truly mean a lot to me. Thank you so much.

    2. Little is good! Grandparents are best!

    3. Indeed, AMichele Leslie. Thanks for reading.

  6. Your faith shines in your poem. Well done, thanks for sharing this gem with us. Robert

  7. Thank you, Robert Hewett Sr, yours words resonate heavily in me and aggrandize my faith.