Sunday, November 17, 2013

Winter Solstice - Saint Lucy

Saint Lucy

Lucy of light, patron of writers, what fun
To believe you removed your own eyes
To deprive a man of your beauty.

Today is the shortest day.
We don your white dress and red sash
And remember how

You lay upon a brothel floor
To be defiled by pagans
As a lesson to your virginity.

And when the pagans were sated
You lay upon a fire that did not burn
Until martyred by a sword.

Tonight, let your plated eyes
And wreath of candles
Light our dark and delicate dance.

© Jeff Roberts, 2013

Jeff Roberts, 1954-
Saint Lucy, 2013
Mixed media assemblage
9” x 9”

Poem: © Jeff Roberts, 2013

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