Saturday, October 10, 2020

Modern Parable

The evil one
believes that he alone
lives in paradise.

He sees his gold and marble halls
fat tables groaning under
feasts unshared,
worships the idol
in the mirror

and he smiles;

whereas the saint 
labors in hot vineyards, 
wipes brows burned by 
the risen sun, 
creases the fertile earth
and with wrinkled hands
fills the bowls
of the poor,

and God smiles.

(2014 March 23)