The Rosary Poems: Joyful Alison Shaffer


The light shines in the darkness, and the
darkness has not overcome it. JOHN 1:5

Her yes becomes flesh
in flesh, white-winged fire swept
along sweat as if over the agitation
of waves, sharp spine of sunlight
in a slow serpentine across
the waters of her body—
there is no rushing it, no cascade
into the long cry of rising—only
a breath, a word, and the pouring
in of everything, even God.


February 2005 2River