. Gloucester in July A thousand silent saints and angels Hewn from vertex, plane, and angle Raised by blow of mason’s hammer Raised from stone to watch the faithful Underneath the sinners stammer Pray and weep, confess and clamber The thousand faces, gray, unblinking Witness judgement’s heavy hammer Saints and angels in the rafters Shadows of the Everafter Avatars of holy power Heralds to the day of Rapture Climbing skyward up the steeple Looking earthward over evil Standing vigil from the towers Sleepless guards of the Cathedral . . Patricia Rogers Crozier has been published in The Washington Post. Both reading and writing poetry have always been a great joy to her. She holds a B.S. in Physics from Mississippi College. She resides in Gulf Breeze, Florida, where she works at the bakery in Publix.