St. James Cathedral, Toronto

Large decorative front doors
Opening our hearts wide

In a good way, Anglican
With sharp edges probing us

Old, reaching out to the ageless
Making us feel our timelessness

Ornate beauty, inspiring us to find
What lingers just beyond our grasp
But causes us to rise
Above our small selves

Light through stain-glass windows
Streaming through us
Into our souls

Angelic voices, capturing our sweetness
Carrying us high above

Faces, all shades of the rainbow
God’s love, from all directions
On Third Advent Sunday
At St. James Cathedral in Toronto

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About Don Iannone

Don Iannone is a poet, writer, teacher and photographer who lives in the Greater Cleveland area. He has worked in the economic development field for over 35 years. Don is the author of three poetry books and five photography books. He is working on a short book of photographs and poems about human trafficking. This work was exhibited at six venues in Ohio. Don holds an M.A. degree in Art and Consciousness Studies from the University of Philosophical Research in Los Angeles, where he teaches writing. His educational background also includes studies in Anthropology, Photography, Organizational Behavior, and Economic Development. Don’s website: Wisdom Work Press:

11 thoughts on “St. James Cathedral, Toronto

  1. Hey, were you there this year?

    This is a strikingly beautiful poem. I especially appreciate the crescendo of the last verse.

  2. Aurora: Thanks. We were just there on Sunday and enjoyed a beautiful service. What a magnificent church. So old, so brave, so holy…

  3. I love these words of yours:

    “inspiring us to find
    What lingers just beyond our grasp
    But causes us to rise
    Above our small selves”

  4. Thanks Aurora: No way! Were you at St. James or Toronto? Of course, if you were at St. James you were in Toronto.

    Gautami; Thank you. Glad you enjoyed the poem.

    Rob: Thanks. Good to see you around. I liked that stanza as well.

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