Friday, March 30, 2018


agnus dei—pace Denise Levertov—
is the baby born with heroin in her blood,
prenatally stained for sins of other’s making,
she plays beneath her image on gilded cross.

angus dei is a congregation not of strangers,
Or just of stained glass saints.
Its philia is marked by sacred scars
of loves fostered and abandoned.
These are people we have learned from—
the hard lessons, the hard way.

These scars,
offered at the altar
in forms of bread and wine,
are who we’ve hurt,
from whom we’ve healed.

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