Friday, 2 March 2007

VI Veronica Wipes The Face of Jesus

Woman bursts in...

Following with balled fists clutching
and courage twisted into a rag of knots

till something gives
and woman bursts in...

Where every sensation was
sting and gravel and splinter

something gives
and there is a soft rag.

and then there is a legend...
of a moment.

Then even the pattern
of sweat is revered
for it is the geometry
of compassion and,
though crumpled,
it has the shape of an example.

It is the cool touch
of fresh water on salt
when something gives and bursts in...

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