"The Parallel Cathedral" by Tom Sleigh was offered by Poets.org's Poem-A-Day on November 12, 2013. A link to the poem, including the poet's notes, may be found here:
Tom Sleigh teaches in the MFA program in Creative Writing at Hunter College. He has published numerous books of poetry and is the recipient of many awards. A detailed biography may be found here:
The poem is written in free verse and divided into three numbered parts of four stanzas each. Part 1 creates an elaborate conceit of a cathedral as a metaphoric vehicle for the poet's native Rocky Mountain home. Part 2 extends the conceit to Nature as a cathedral. In Part 3, the poet waxes personal as he compares himself to his namesake Saint Thomas. Throughout the poem there are striking images of nature and frequent biblical references.