Maeve O’Sullivan – Letting Go of Ávila

June 30, 2014 | By | 1 Reply More

I could have travelled there today,
could have walked its medieval walls
and lit a candle for the vulnerables
in the Basilica de San Vincente.

I am letting go of the eagle caves, the cathedral,
and the Monasterio de Santo Tómas,
but most of all, the Convento de Santa Teresa,
housing her ring finger, and her ring.

She let go of wealth, of marriage; encouraged
her sisters to leave off their shoes,
moved beyond pain, beyond words of prayer
to a place of ecstasy, then tears.

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  1. Maeve O’Sullivan’s poem, “Letting Go of Avila”, is impressive. The language is musical, poem well structured on the page with four line stanzas.

    This is a poem about faith and dignity, showing Saint Teresa’s strength of character. It is not overstated in the least and it is potent.

    Fine work.

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