Markings 116 - Veronica's Song

May 13, 2018

Veronica’s Song

a cycle of poems for Easter after The Stations of the Cross


6. Station the Sixth

Veronica Wipes the Face of Jesus


She makes it just in time


by a minute

pushes to the front

his face already pressed

between pages of her past


with hers now pressed at him


the latent weight of wood


he pauses

at an arm's length

from her thin grip on sanity


bearing the burden

of a world gone mad

upon his back


his face

a peeling mask of bleeding

salt and tears


she moves to him

lifting the loose folds

of her robe


gathers them

in swathes and bandages

about his broken head


and he prints out his agony

into her hands

upon her soft dress cloth


shocks them with the stab

of thorns and nails

and fire


as always as before

brings her back

from the edge of darkness


as always as before

leaves her with nothing

but the knowledge of himself.


Jeff Guess

St. Mary Magdalene's

Moore Street, Adelaide, South Australia. 5000


©Jeff Guess 2018


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