The Rosary Poems: Luminous Alison Shaffer


The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom
of God is at hand. MARK 1:15

He is with the children when
news comes of the man, once wild
and soaked through, now become
a prisoner—teaching them games of
transformation, his hands now
long-legged mules, now wings hinged
around hooked thumbs—though he says
nothing, the children already discover
in their own fingers the archways
of temples, of whole kingdoms.


February 2005 2River