This Thunderous Hall

by Darren   Oct 25, 2018

There you stand, as you have for so long
an imposing structure, softened by song

Those colour fighting windows, echoes of the past
sunlight streams through defiantly, with rainbows cast

Religion doesn't hold me, an atheist in truth
yet here I found peace, below your leaded roof

stepping from the hustle, the silence within a din
welcoming to us all, never judging those with sin

It's here I walked the walk, those vows uttered fearfully
my bride to be did follow, repeating words tearfully

we entered apart, walking flagstones engraved with history
leaving together as one, ready to write our own story

founded in 1101, you've borne so many blessings
surviving histories bloodshed, those times so distressing

Yet I believe you'll stand, for a thousand years more
Our betrothal just a blink, in your buildings lore.

dedicated to St Nicholas Church Great Yarmouth.


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  • 5 years ago

    by CJ Maleney

    Judges comments

    This Thunderous Hall (by Darren) 4 points

    I really liked this piece by Darren. To start with I wasn't sure where it was leading but it all falls into place rather nicely.

    I'm not massively religious but on the odd occasion that I do attended places of worship I do feel an odd sense of peace and am always in awe of the craftsmanship that went into the building of such places. It's also true, that you can almost feel the history seeping into your bones.

    That Darren manages to entwine the the history of such a place to his own special moment is quite brilliant.

  • 5 years ago

    by Em (marmite)

    Judging comment: This Thunderous Hall by Darren points 7 - A very special piece in my eyes which brings out the beauty of this wonderful structure through art, something that makes it even more beautiful is the rhyming used because it makes the pace of the piece perfect in my opinion.

  • 5 years ago

    by Mr. Darcy

    Congratulations, Darren. Claire and I love walking around an old church. There's something about the old timbers that speak to a part of me/us.
    Well done.

    • 5 years ago

      by Darren

      Thanks Mr D, I just love history in general, drives the wife mad.

  • 5 years ago

    by Jamie

    Congrats on the win

    • 5 years ago

      by Darren

      Thanks Jamie

  • 5 years ago

    by Poet on the Piano

    I was not expecting the rhyme either (it would be like me rhyming haha), but it worked so well here. Elegant and brimming with almost an awe and wonder of the many betrothals and stories of love that have echoed in that hall. There's a sort of glory in knowing this church will stand the test of time, so to speak, and also in those it welcomes, believers or not.

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