POETRY: Arc of the Lily by Loretta Watts

Arc of the Lily by Loretta Watts

for Susan

The movements of the Madonna—
moment of maternity,
passion of the Pieta
are the same stance.

See first her skyward gaze
open-handed, empty, bloom to full arms.
Follow the arc of her head downward,
beholding the babe.

She wraps the cloth tighter
around hot baby flesh, gathering Him
to her face, her breast.

She wraps another cloth
around his still warm body
broken, gathering Him
to her face, her breast.

His head in her lap has the heft
of her newborn boy.  Her hand drapes
over the man.  Her white face turns upward,
a lily seeking rain.

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