Stephen’s Sunday

A found poem from Chapter 4 of A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce


Hallowed anew

with an early mass

the raw morning air

and the zeal of prayer

fearful of purgatorial fire

the murmur of the priest

from the altar

among the few worshippers

and columns of incense

rosary of flowers

shifts in the pocket

of his trousers

Rosary Beads

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