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Sestina for Holy Thursday

Magazine article U.S. Catholic

Sestina for Holy Thursday

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"And it is because you don't know the end and purpose of things that you think the wicked and the criminal have power and happiness."

--Boethius, The Consolation of Philosophy (I, 6)

This morning's news presents a mountain lion sick with mange. With patchy fur, dulled eyes, he seems to stare reproachfully from the page. Rat poison. The animals here absorb it, pass it on, to mice, sguirrels, deer--just days ago, the lion killed a buck--the kind of news that almost makes me buck my anger, as if by crying for a lion's pain I'd suck the venom from that deer's deadly gift. Suppose my reddened eyes and reading could crush evil--the cause of it, the self-inflicted wounds. Maybe a page-by-page healing? One page for war. A page for tainted earth. For the way we pass the buck on greed and feed celebs with awe. Is it wanting more than nature gives? Lions and deer don't have those killing needs. My eyes hurt. What do I want? …

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