Saturday, January 23, 2010

St. John the Merciful

your eyes will themselves

not to close

this quilt of coins

cannot lull you to sleep

comfort is not made

of metal, you cannot

hear it click between

your teeth, the silver

like sulfur on your tongue

the weight pushes

your body further

towards the center of it all

when sleep should be

an art of rising up

in the night

a levitation above

all this necessity


A rich man presented him with a magnificent bed covering; he accepted it for one night, but then sold it, and disposed of the money in alms. The rich man "bought in" the article, and again presented it to John, with the same result. This was repeated several times; but John drily remarked: "We will see who tires first." It was not John. - Wikipedia

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