An illustration of Oxford Divinity School‘Seminary’ by Paul Buchheit The Society September 2, 2022 Beauty, Culture, Poetry 12 Comments . Seminary Recalling days of vigor and simplicity, of boyish spirits spun from neural gossamer and hardened into granite by a panoply of actors: scamps of nimble wit, a conjurer of whimsy, lords of innocent irreverence. Societies of soulmates lent the sacred halls a mood Socratic, scholars bonded to evince a prim solemnity, while gibes and caterwauls assembled armor for the battles yet ahead. Then springs succumbed to autumns, and the gauntlets, plates, and shields were laid aside for laurels in their stead. But hovering, like dreams, are worn facades: and fates decree that labyrinths of old meander yet in stony gatherings of graying silhouette. . First published in The Lyric, Summer 2021. . . Paul Buchheit is an author of books, poems, essays, and scientific journal articles. He recently completed his first historical novel, 1871: Rivers on Fire. He was a Laureates’ Choice prize winner in the 2022 Maria W. Faust Sonnet Contest. His poetry has appeared in The Lyric, Lucid Rhythms, 2021 Poets & Patrons of Chicagoland annual contest, 2021 Illinois State Poetry Society Contest, Burningword, The Ledge, The Formalist, State of Nature, Illinois State Poetry Society, Chicago Poetry Review, and Light Quarterly. NOTE TO READERS: If you enjoyed this poem or other content, please consider making a donation to the Society of Classical Poets. NOTE TO POETS: The Society considers this page, where your poetry resides, to be your residence as well, where you may invite family, friends, and others to visit. Feel free to treat this page as your home and remove anyone here who disrespects you. Simply send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Put “Remove Comment” in the subject line and list which comments you would like removed. The Society does not endorse any views expressed in individual poems or comments and reserves the right to remove any comments to maintain the decorum of this website and the integrity of the Society. Please see our Comments Policy here. CODEC News:Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window) 12 Responses Paul W Erlandson September 2, 2022 I like this quite a lot. Thank you for writing it! Reply Paul Buchheit September 2, 2022 Thanks, Paul. Reply Cheryl Corey September 2, 2022 Congratulations on your many contest winnings and fine poetry, including the above. If you’d like to share, what is your novel about? Reply Paul Buchheit September 2, 2022 Thanks, Cheryl. My novel is historical fiction related to the Chicago fire of 1871 and the less well-known but much deadlier fire in northern Wisconsin on the same night. Reply Sally Cook September 2, 2022 This is a fine, evocative poem. Thank youl Reply Paul Buchheit September 2, 2022 Thanks, Sally. Reply Jeremiah Johnson September 2, 2022 Though I never went to seminary, your sonnet does stir up nostalgia for my grad school days. Thank you! Reply Paul Buchheit September 2, 2022 Glad you liked it, Jeremiah. Reply Susan Jarvis Bryant September 2, 2022 Paul, I love the linguistic intricacies of this poem, a poem that has immense aural appeal. It benefits from being read aloud. It also bears reading more than once to savor the insightful yet playful flavor of the message. The closing three lines touched my heart… perhaps it’s because they whisper with ghostly musing of my future winter years. Beautiful! Reply Paul Buchheit September 3, 2022 Thank you, Susan. Such kind words! Reply C.B. Anderson September 4, 2022 If you ever figure it out, please let us know. Reply Paul Freeman September 5, 2022 There’s a mystic feel to this poem that starts off playfully with all the character types, but becomes more ‘mood Socratic’ (what a great term) as the poem progresses. Thanks for the read, Paul. Reply Leave a Reply Cancel ReplyYour email address will not be published.CommentName* Email* Website Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email. Δ This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.