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Winter 2007, vol 5 no 4


Sunday Worship
Gillena Cox


Its Sunday, we greet each other as usual, and he seems his usual self. Today he is wearing a white kurta two piece. He is on his way to the mandir, which is a little way down the street. I say to him" I haven't seen you in a while." He tells me about his wife's passing within the last three months, and that his faith has served to keep him in good stead so far, through this, his greatest challenge. We bless each other and continue our separate paths. I cross over to other side of the street. I'm on my way to church.

I'm early. Nearing the church, the white clouds seem to puff and linger over the cross at the entrance. A car curves into the wide gate. I walk a few strides more and enter through the narrow side door.

bright morning
the tear-filled eyes
of a holy man


Gillena Cox Gillena Cox was born in 1950. A retiree, she writes as a hobby, and particularly enjoys the appreciation of things ordinary in haiku and its related forms. Her work has been published in numerous online zines (including past issues of Simply Haiku) and she hopes to publish a work of her own soon. Nature photography is also on the list of her hobby priorities. She lives on the island of Trinidad, of The Republic of Trinidad and Tobago.