Wednesday, February 18, 2015

To Mark the Mind

The ashen cross
a thumbed design
a trace of loss
to mark the mind
remind the flesh
of its return
refresh the ear
to hear and yearn.

Commencing on the forty days
the crowds still come
to turn away
to brow the smear
to wear the smudge
to bear the grit and grain
of love.

--Rita A. Simmonds

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