La Maddalena: Cantos III and IV

12 Oct

III.

 

in vain you have bent your body to the sun

for twenty years, knees growing rough

as ash bark,

your palms upturned, two blinded doves.

 

the gilt is gone from your skin

men no longer kneel at the fortress of your feet

or press their fingers to the stony walls of your body.

 

you look for meaning

in the shifting of sand dunes –

the slaughter of the fatted calf,

the brush of lips to cheek

in starless gardens –

but you will not find it there.

 

each sunset finds you unchanged

eyes shuttered, ribs stark and slotted

against the clothing of your feral hair,

mouth moving with the taste of a name

you do not recognize

nor have ever known.

 

IV.

 

we are not so different, you and I.

the wood-carved desert stretches before us.

 

we have come so far

and still we do not know where we are going.

 

Like this poem?  Then check out the others in the series:
La Maddalena: Canto 1

La Maddalena: Canto 2

I’m always interested to see how other people interpret the story of Mary Magdalene, so if your opinions differ from or even match mine, I’d love to hear about them in the comments section.

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3 Responses to “La Maddalena: Cantos III and IV”

  1. Romantic Dominant October 12, 2012 at 1:28 pm #

    ‘we have come so far

    and still we do not know where we are going.’

    Like this

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