on the day lightning struck the Vatican, i

roses, 1.1

was drinking wine &
thinking about penitence,
thumbing through possibilities
of ever after. i have known much
of bleeding, after all, of

bea(u)tification, and now
it’s Ash Wednesday, as they say
in the French, and all
the red roses are gone
from my hair, and it’s

raining but
we still dream in blades and
villanelles and other vague
heart shapes.
to our own

very great surprise
we have survived the night,
came through in stereo,
with beads on, and
glowing.

16 thoughts on “on the day lightning struck the Vatican, i

  1. smiles…i would hope a pleasant surprise to have survived you know…there are times though you have to wonder…especially with love’s track record….dream in blades….goodness…smiles…and all the red roses gone from my hair jumped out at me joanna

  2. What a great image –

    … drinking wine &
    thinking about penitence,
    thumbing through possibilities
    of ever after.

    do they have a book? how do I get a copy? Then glad to see…

    we have survived the night,
    came through in stereo,
    with beads on, and
    glowing

    Lovely as ever, J.S.Lee

  3. This year for Lent I am giving up soda, cookies, candy and chocolate (these should be the sacrifices of a 9 year-old, rather than a 49 year-old), but not giving up sweets, and this actually comes out sweet. Loved that you see the link between beautification and beatification. Enjoy some wine for your sober friend in California. I loved the ending of this – glowing. I can see it all the way across the USA. Happy Valentine’s Day! Your devoted reader and friend, Moskowitz

    • Mosk, so glad you appreciated my beatification/beautification bit… i thought it was rather clever, meself. 🙂 it has been several years since i’ve actually given up something for Lent… but some Catholic habits die hard. i keep telling myself i’m going to get back to Mass one of these days.

      hope you had a wonderful, love-studded V-day, yourself.

      Hugs from
      Joanna

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