October 6: Our Lady of All Help, France (1640)

  The Cleaning Lady It’s her job to clean up after Things Go Wrong. The mattress where he soundly slept, twisted up in the blue and grey sheets, the lace-ends frayed and tied together. Holes by the toes that defied any needle and thread rest his red shoes, scrunched between the fabric , searching forContinue reading “October 6: Our Lady of All Help, France (1640)”

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October 5: Our Lady of Buch, Guienne (1519)

Limbo Fishermen at Ballyshannon Netted an infant last night Along with the salmon. An illegitimate spawning, A small one thrown back To the waters. But I’m sure As she stood in the shallows Ducking him tenderly Till the frozen knobs of her wrists Were dead as the gravel, He was a minnow with hooks TearingContinue reading “October 5: Our Lady of Buch, Guienne (1519)”

October 4th – Our Lady of Vassivière, Auvergne, France (1374)

Transfiguration of the Black Madonna (excerpted from Zenith) **  Gypsy Goddess; Gypsy Saint Black Madonna, full of snakes, let your crescent down. Wield the sickle, rush the milk, and salt the serpents’ mouths. Golden bangles, black milk snakes—these adorn your arms. Blue sky cloth cut for (you) Sarah, Sarah Black, Madonna Shadow, cut for goddess saintContinue reading “October 4th – Our Lady of Vassivière, Auvergne, France (1374)”

October 3: Our Lady of the Place, Rome (1250) – Or Our Lady of the Well

The Early Purges I was six when I first saw kittens drown. Dan Taggart pitched them, ‘the scraggy wee shits’, Into a bucket; a frail metal sound, Soft paws scraping like mad. But their tiny din Was soon soused. They were slung on the snout Of the pump and the water pumped in. ‘Sure, isn’tContinue reading “October 3: Our Lady of the Place, Rome (1250) – Or Our Lady of the Well”

October 2nd – Our Lady of the Assumption, Naples, Italy (11th Century)

these bones liquefied there’s a drain in this crappy middle school bathroom. shoulder to shoulder stalls, and toilet paper stuck here, there, and above me. one light has burnt out, and it smells like feminine products, cherry lip gloss, and electric nerves. but there is a drain, and it is my favorite part. because ifContinue reading “October 2nd – Our Lady of the Assumption, Naples, Italy (11th Century)”

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