Forbidden Fruit

O haughty angel, draped in pride,your wings the breadth of dying light.Whose feathers, wrapped in ells of eyes,span the ages of delight. Apple’s taste, as sweet as Fallenthralls the buds of human tongue,and like a mountain, proud and tall,you bend not to the Hells unsung. From bending branch you pluck the stars,dead embers for aContinue reading “Forbidden Fruit”

Temptation of Christ

Yeshua stripped in the desertwas Caravaggio weaving lightout of shadow, lamb in sin. Satan crept up like nettlesclothed in asps and dirtfor God cursed Him to be wild. (They both ask why He abandonedhis brightest Morning Stars) They spoke under vulture circles –for a moment, for days, for agesSatan beguiling, imploring, He begged. Yeshua wasContinue reading “Temptation of Christ”

Return of a King

He was wreathed in garlands when we left: white anemone, irises, hyacinth and columbine.  All the blooming colors of paradise pressed against his golden brow.  Petals dislodged when he moved, a graveyard angel given life, so perfect he must have been carved of marble.  His skin scintillated like stars in the morning light and theContinue reading “Return of a King”

Unholy Communion

Sister Philadelphia lit the candles in the vestibule and inhaled the rich incense wafting from the church.  The pews were empty, and darkness yawned across the altar, its maw stretching up to the crucifix where an impaled Savior grinned arcanely at his dismemberment.   The flames drew out the stained glass window and outside, an earlyContinue reading “Unholy Communion”