St. Blaise

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.

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