Wednesday, January 27, 2010

St. Angela Merici (patron of sick people, the handicapped, loss of parents)

with eyes the same glassy blue

as the sea, you were struck

blind on this island

you imagine the swallows

with their boomerang wings

always flying towards home

you sink into the sand

and find your balance

with your hand looped

around the trunk of

one tall palm

a hand you do not recognize

brings a sweet date to your mouth

sugar, in the muted light of

these new eyes, glows

like a heart, like teeth

in the darkness.

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