I use parables when I speak to them
because they look but do not see, 
they listen but do not hear or understand. (Gospel)

Patterns

I joined Magdalen
in
that day’s tapestry
kissing
the foot of your
cross

and later in
woods
wet with fern
and
red raspberry
acorns
and nightshade
I asked if

better or worse
richer or poorer
sickness or health

could make
meaning
when I walked
into
a branch heavy
from
the night’s rain
and
felt the cold
shower

and could have
sworn

I heard laughter
 

J. Janda