March 9, 2010

Crucifixion


A choir of angels glorified the hour,
The vault of heaven was dissolved in fire.
“Father, why hast Thou forsaken me?
Mother, I beg you, do not weep for me . . .”

by Ana Akmatova

March 1, 2010

For the Baptist



















"The last and greatest herald of Heaven's King,
Girt with rough skins, hies to the deserts wild,
Among that savage brood the woods forth bring,
Which he than man more hamless found and mild:..."

William Drummond of Hawthornden

February 22, 2010

Unknown Letter



















"But Jesus bent over
and wrote with his finger
on the earth
and again bent over
and wrote on the earth...."

Tadeusz Rozewics

February 15, 2010

The Donkey





















When fishes flew and forests walked
And figs grew upon thorn,
Some moment when the moon was blood
Then surely I was born;

February 8, 2010

Salome



















"...And then, Salome! Still a child (a child!)
She drinks the potion, horrible, defiled,
That summons up dark vengeance and the sword...."

Mikola Zerov

February 1, 2010

Adoro Te


















Godhead here in hiding, whom I do adore,
Masked by these bare shadows, shape and nothing more,
See, Lord, at Thy service low lies here a heart
Lost, all lost in wonder at the God thou art.