The Rosary Poems: Luminous Alison Shaffer


Jesus said to them, “Fill the jars with water.”
And they filled them up to the brim. JOHN 2:7

In the midst of all their felicity,
they bring him the borrowed jars—
light’s playful chance cannot obscure
this clarity with crimson miracle,
the rush of words that overcome
his lips—until their hands, wet and clean
from labor, rest like stone around
half-drunk cups, their eyes wandering
across faces like flies, and the jars are
empty again, though still so heavy.


February 2005 2River