Middle Winter 
The church in my soul fell in long ago.
Through the broken walls early February
hums its hollow hymns. Wordless as I am
when I cross any church’s path. Always
I make sure it’s on the sunny side; too many
Years I knelt in its shadow.
This dread is not nameless.
Named at baptism, newly named
at confirmation, there is no end to the names.
To those names is added
a new name for each of your sins.
All those names cling to the tracks
of catechism only they can ride,
but the sounds are so distant,
a train on the horizon, a single long blast
of warning at a sleepless hour,
a caravan of chained boxes,
stale air dancing with black dust as it fades.