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Avoidance

An avalanche of reckless thoughts keeps usApart. I’ll find excuses when, by chance,We meet between distractions. Let’s not fussAbout my guarded habits. Our romanceSeemed fine, at first, until you sought to knowMy hidden self: the hurts, the fears, the shameOf past mistakes. Why should I stoop to . . . . Continue Reading »

Christ Crowned with Thorns

To really hear what I’m about to sayIs probably impossible apartFrom taking in the painting at its heart.From reeling, in the process, at the wayThe blood, beyond its trickling down his brow,Has gotten in his vitreum somehow. How otherwise explain the ruinousRed of his eyes? If that isn’t the . . . . Continue Reading »

On Roman Holy Days

The September 14 liturgical feast of the Triumph of the Cross celebrates a radical revolution in our approach to human debility. The lame, the disfigured, the abandoned are no longer burdens upon society’s limited resources, doomed to a frustrated existence. Instead, they can clutch the cross that recalls the one who knows their woes and gives meaning to their anguish. Continue Reading »

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