an incomplete chorus

by James Cocks


an incomplete chorus corws anghyflawn un coro incompleto
of 16 voices

why a sweet 16? such a small number out of an active 88 and a total of 139

why deny a harmony of 88? why not revive a chorus of 139?

are your voices sweeter? more unique?
have the others left?
have they forgotten their voices or have they broken?

I wonder about

this incomplete chorus separated by distance and made up
of different petals from different flowers
some budding and some wilting

do your petals float down the canals and join in harmony?

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Some notes:

139 churches across the city's 7 sections and surrounding islands.

133 (96%) are Catholic.
The other 6 are used by other denominations. This are: Lutheran, Greek Orthodox, Anglican, Presbyterian, Armenian, and Russian Orthodox.

88 of the 139 are active, meaning they practice Mass at least once a week.
The remaining 51 has been deconsecrated and or converted. Things they have been converted to are: schools, community buildings, and storage facilities.

16 of them are operated by the Chorus Association.