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Devil's Chapel

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By: Paul Steffan Jones AKA
Posted in: Poetry

In the pews

mouths open

to out spew

the hymns

known off by hearts

in heaving chests

the rote

the rota

the cheeks

redenned and


corrugated teeth

framed by yellowed collars

and furtive eyes

on servant girls

and recent widows

this interior world is shadow

and that which inhabits

its shade

the weight of the Bible

its brass clasp keeping

the colour pictures

of faraway places tight

until the right moment

the envy

the avarice

so many reputations at stake

in Adam's grove

where Lucifer takes over

the sêt fawr

sitting side by side

with the faithful

as the Word is heard

but no longer received

(sêt fawr-great pew)

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Paul Steffan Jones AKA
07/26/20 09:15:25PM @paul-steffan-jones2:

Diolch Ceri. Possibly.  He lived in a house in Rhydlewis, Ceredigion, formerly occupied by my great x 3 grandfather (or possibly the dwelling next door) but who had left a couple of decades before the arrival of the Evans'. Another of my relatives preached locally three decades before Caradoc arrived.   and had he lived later would possibly have been a subject of Caradoc's writing!

Ceri Shaw
07/26/20 08:53:02PM @ceri-shaw:

Gwych...shades of Caradoc Evans?