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(Celebrating the 215th anniversary of Bethlehem A.M.E. Church, Langhorne)

barrels of light etched itself

across a log cabin, bearing

a magnitude as gentle as a

dove resting at dawn.

Richard Allen and legions

of Earth Angels, weighed

their blessings only to find

those blessings are undefined —

they pressed on, guided by

their faith in God and unyielding

fortitude, turning this log cabin

into a church — serving a multitude.

they and their ancestors, who by way of their spirits are all

of ours to behold — give us the strength to carry on

as we forever stand in awe of the

continuing miracles that unfold.

Tony Nicholas Clark is a poet and author from Bucks County. His work has been featured in The Monmouth Review, Perceptions Journal of Temple University, and Short Edition. He holds an M.A in English and an M.F.A in creative writing from Monmouth University.

Poet’s Corner is curated by Bucks County Poet Laureate Emeritus Tom Mallouk and supported by a grant to the Bucks County Herald Foundation made possible by Marv and Dee Ann Woodall.

To submit a poem for consideration, email it to If the poem has been previously published, please say where it first appeared.

Note from the curator: Poetry lovers, please consider attending a unique poetry salon at Phillips Mill Playhouse on Thursday, May 30 at 7 p.m. There are 20 local poets, many who’ve been featured in Poet’s Corner including yours truly, who will be presenting their poetry and inviting discussion.

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