Life in Ordinary Time

You were more Glastonbury than Dublin


life in ordinary time

My days are ordinary now,
but they weren’t anything close
to that ideal at the time you
extended your hand.

We laughed at family
gatherings, just you and I–
knowing we were being bad,
which made it even funnier,
you being holy and all,
and me, a lowly sinner.

But you never saw me that way.
You were more Glastonbury
than Dublin,
More Yeats than Pope.

There are many aspects of life
that are still ordinary –

The sparrow’s call in
spring time,
the ball of fire
we call the sun
almost bouncing.

The days come and go–
Just like that.
I’m used to that idea.

It’s just you,
being gone
that will never feel ordinary.


Note: My friend, Father Patrick Rice earned his doctoral  degrees in theology and poetry from Fordham University in New York City. He was a priest at St. Thomas Moore in Convent Station, NJ, from 1974-1979; Holy Spirit Church from 1979-1994; St. Francis de Sales Church in Vernon, NJ, from 1994-1997; St. Catherine of Siena, Mountain Lakes,  NJ, from 1997-2009 and St. Kateri Tekakwitha in Sparta, NJ,  from 2009 until his death. He was buried in Ireland. His spirit, however, remains alive and above ground in the hearts of all who knew and loved him.



Author: Virginia Wagner Galfo

These are scary times. Prepare yourself to take a stand for what is right. God damn it, just be kind!

5 thoughts on “Life in Ordinary Time”

  1. Virginia, this brought tears to my eyes. Moving. A lovely homage to a friend held dear. I would like your permission to post it in “The BeZine”
    If that would be okay, please email me at with “permission” in the subject line and a link to this post in the body along with a brief bio. Our next issue will be published on December 15. If you rummage around at the site, you’ll note our “intro and Mission Statement” and also our submission guidelines, which will help you to know what we stand for.

    Again this is lovely and I am pleased to have read it as part of my day.

    Poem on …
    Jamie Dedes


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