At the Church of the Assumption
in a small town in Italy,
the heart of the Madonna glows purple,
bleeds red among her blue robes.
Her cloud-puffed feet ascending,
she will soon vanish from view
to become one with the God-child
whom she bore, wept over,
and sought at the empty grave . . . .
–Excerpt from “Assumptions” in Edges by Donna Pucciani (Purple Flag, Chicago, 2016). First published in North Dakota Review.