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Geraldine Connolly - New Territory

Sent off to boarding school
at twelve, with a pair of oxfords,
a pair of patents, my sterling
silver christening rosary
and two dozen name tags stitched
like drops of blood onto the collars
of starched blouses, I stare
down the hall, long and dim,
slippery from too many waxings.
Plaster statues of the holy family live
here, in cave-like niches, the Blessed Virgin,
her face soft and chalky, cheeks
powdered pink. Everything about her
is pliable; she is to be our model.
Joseph is nondescript, covered by
a long brown robe. The baby sleeps.
I eye the nuns, black and fluttery,
and my parents, in wool, with fur collars,
giddy with their new freedom.
I unpack my suitcase and survey
the territory. One iron bed,
one chest of drawers, one slender closet.
A crucifix pierces the white wall.
A dark trunk opens its jaws
to swallow my life.

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Poet: Geraldine Connolly
Poem: New Territory
Poem of the Day: Oct 19 2009

Comment 4 of 4, added on April 11th, 2014 at 7:58 PM.
Sage advice from Jim

Sage advice from Jim Connolly about the value of codfnneice: When we listen to people who speak with codfnneice, we tend to believe in them.a0 However, when we listen to those who lack codfnneice, we don’t.a0 In both cases, the speaker transfers either their codfnneice or their lack of codfnneice to us, depending on their disposition.a0 This is why leaders in every area of life, are those who can inspire codfnneice in their message; be that in a boardroom or sports arena.a0 By the way, I wrote about another aspect of marketing with codfnneice here.

Eric from Kyrgyz Republic (Kyrgyzstan)
Comment 3 of 4, added on July 14th, 2012 at 4:35 PM.
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