Monday, August 31, 2015

The Nun's Tale

We watched the slight frame

of Sister Anne Cecilia

slip into the confessional

                        and wondered


what acts of sin

she carried in that hymnal

of beautiful bones?


Certainly not

lust or gluttony.


And how many Hail

Marys and Our Fathers

would the priest tell her say?


                       In English or Latin?


While on her knees (scrubbing)

the chapel's stone stairs


or searching for a pearl


               One smaller than the pearl

               worn by the girl posing

in the masterful hands of Vermeer.

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