Armenian Bishop beheaded in the year 316
by the pagan governor Agripoulos
The kindly bishop
with a name like fire and eyes like smoke
was dragged off to prison in his physician’s robes
when a weeping woman with a child
the color of anguish thrust herself
in his path, knelt to press
his manacled hands, imploring him
to heal the baby’s throat eaten away
by God knows what corrosion.
–excerpt from “St. Blaise” in Chasing the Saints by Donna Pucciani (Virtual Artists Collective, Chicago 2008) available from vacpoetry.org. The poem first appeared in Steam Ticket.