Life in Ordinary Time

life-in-ordinary-timeMy days are ordinary now,
but they weren’t anything close
to that ideal at the time you
extended your hand.

We laughed at family
gatherings, just you and I–
knowing we were being bad,
which made it even funnier,
you being holy and all,
and me, a lowly sinner.

But you never saw me that way.
You were more Glastonbury
than Dublin,
More Yeats than Pope.

There are many aspects of life
that are still ordinary –

The sparrow’s call in
spring time,
the ball of fire
we call the sun
almost bouncing.

The days come and go–
Just like that.
I’m used to that idea.

It’s just you,
being gone
that will never feel ordinary.

©  Virgina Galfo

Note: My friend, Father Patrick Rice earned his doctoral degrees in theology and poetry from Fordham University in New York City. He was a priest at St. Thomas Moore in Convent Station, NJ, from 1974-1979; Holy Spirit Church from 1979-1994; St. Francis de Sales Church in Vernon, NJ, from 1994-1997; St. Catherine of Siena, Mountain Lakes, NJ, from 1997-2009 and St. Kateri Tekakwitha in Sparta, NJ, from 2009 until his death. He was buried in Ireland. His spirit, however, remains alive and above ground in the hearts of all who knew and loved him. VG


Jamie Dedes is a Lebanese-American poet and free-lance writer. She is the founder and curator of The Poet by Day, info hub for poets and writers, and the founder of The Bardo Group, publishers of The BeZine, of which she was the founding editor and currently a co-manager editor with Michael Dickel. Ms. Dedes is the Poet Laureate of Womawords Press 2020 and U.S associate to that press as well. Her debut collection, "The Damask Garden," is due out fall 2020 from Blue Dolphin Press.

7 thoughts on “Life in Ordinary Time

  1. This brought me back to the liturgical calendar I grew up with and the sorrow of missing my late husband, creating a very personally poignant feeling. In other words, you moved me, Virginia! Thank you for sharing!

    Liked by 1 person

Kindly phrased comments welcome here.

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.