Friday, June 01, 2007

More Summer Poetry: Visitation


REGINA VIRGINEM, spinning
through sinless hand the
purple veil of the atoning
temple. Listening in the
angel's voice to the wings
of the Holy Spirit. Who
in your chastity brings
to us the Savior.
Give me back my innocence:
wrapped in purple,
hot with blood and sighs
sweet, as the singing children
in Nebuchadnezzer's furnace.
I have torn
all the veils - temple- womb-
and heart. Lend
me then your mantle
that I may again be
woman. Hailed
as mystery
and love.
Hailed as you are
for your answering.
Salve.

Image: Presentation of the Blessed Virgin, Titian

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