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First Communion

by Jojovits1 

Posted: 17 April 2021
Word Count: 102
Summary: Tenuous link with Oonah's challenge. In our "thingy drawer" when I was little, was mum's button box. As well as buttons, there were findings and beads and lace and all sorts that she used for crafting, knitting and sewing. It reminded me of my first communion dress that she made me. I wish I could post pics - I look so angelic! :-)

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My Communion dress.
An elegance of draped
white crepe
and velvet ribbons.
Mother of pearl trimmings
clasped my
throat and wrists
like decorative
My mother
spent months stitching
her hopes for me
to every bead
and sequin.
It was perfection.
Hands clasped in prayer
in yellowing photographs
I look the part.
I fell three times
beside the
Stations of the Cross
on the way
to receiving Jesus.
Pioty betrayed
by new shoes
and slippery
My mother
had the dress cleaned
while adjusting
her hopes.
For years it hung
in my wardrobe.
An elegance of draped
white crepe
and irremovable

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michwo at 21:00 on 17 April 2021  Report this post
I made a First Communion too, Jo. Was I six, seven, eight? I don't remember any special clothes but I do vaguely remember a white missal inscribed with My First Missal in gilded copperplate lettering, or something like that anyway.
Piety was more acceptable in the 1950s. I had a primary school teacher called Mr Welsby who gave me a holy picture of St Maria Goretti which I kept for yours in my concise Oxford Dictionary. God alone knows what eventually happened to these things. They just went and are now no longer there. I think there's a very early painting by Picasso of an old-fashioned scene in a church with an altar boy attending on the priest possibly. Hard to believe that Picasso later evolved into such a daring artist after he left Malaga and came to Paris in 1900. Your poem brings all this back to me. All I'd change is the last four lines in stanza 3:
Piety betrayed
by new shoes
and slippery


michwo at 21:08 on 17 April 2021  Report this post
P.S. www.pablopicasso.org/first-communion.jsp
Sorry this isn't a proper link, Jo, but this is even more relevant to you than I at first thought.
It's an 1896 picture by Picasso entitled "First Communion". It might be worth your having a look at.

Jojovits1 at 21:19 on 17 April 2021  Report this post
Thanks Michael for picking up on piety.  Souls was intentional 😁.

Thanks for posting the link.  I’ll take a look! 😁

Jojovits1 at 09:10 on 18 April 2021  Report this post
Fabulous painting.  I've never seen this one before.  His style as he developed as an artist was certainly a departure, wasn't it?

V`yonne at 10:58 on 18 April 2021  Report this post
I liked the deliberate 'souls' in

Piety betrayed
by new shoes
and slippery

We are indeed slippery souls devil Put the photo on FB smiley for me.

Being a Baptist we didn't do these christening and confirmation things. We did piety though laughwink Bucketloads!

crowspark at 19:31 on 18 April 2021  Report this post
Lovely poem, particulary the third and fourth stanzas.
Not much piety in my childhood although I once worked for a business making and restoring ecclesiastical metalwork and was once asked to design a series of stations of the cross, something I was not equipped to do.

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