Teen Poetry Contest Winner for 1999
Ramah-David Malebranche
Niles North High School, Grade 11

Worshipping Woman

Crucifixes kiss cold cathedrals
as I lay abandoned,
the last.

Kneeling on stone,
the stench of the crypt sways with a bone-chilling draft
that serves as a reminder/
death is always in the other room.

The others have found the truth/
the Messiah has come
and so they've gone,
so I am lost,
and so alone.

Worshipping
in cloths of flesh,
worshipping a woman-
the one who carries my love in her eyes
that shine in candles at the altar.

Worshipping the one.