Poem: “In His Place IV”

In His Place IV

Nameless faces surrounding me;
All but one, that one I see.
Mother, must you glimpse me now
With mangled flesh and splintered brow?
I cannot bear your presence here;
Not you, O Woman, my mother dear.

But you have come for me, you say;
To inspire me in this disarray.
“Fear not, my Son!” You utter in tears,
Recalling far-off happier years.
And having you now by my side
I find the strength for another stride.

Fr. Thomas Flynn, LC

Fr. Thomas Flynn, LC has worked in forming seminarians for over 5 years. He is author of Priests on Call, and has a licentiate degree in philosophy from the Pontifical Athenaeum Regina Apostolorumin Rome where he is currently studying for his licentiate degree in theology.  He can be reached at tflynn@legionaries.org.