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NOTRE DAME PIETA

I

Whisper soft my feet
Approach the altar afar
Holy table

Throb low my pulse
Trod the stone cave high-pitched
Exalted marble

Mother and Son
Madonna and Child
Clutched in impotence
Heart rending detainment

II

Pulsating remembrances
Blows of reminiscence
Thumps and buffetings
Personal productions

Vision past to present
Cradling a son
Father to a child
Grand progression

Celebrated offspring
Continuous labor
Confirming tangles
Advancing uteri

III

Extolled Cathedral
Solemnized womb
Sanctuary for sinners

Celestial mammal
Structure of cycled protections
A supplication

May we all be about our Father's business.

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from The Third Age in Paris
by Arleen T. McCormack

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