Vera Icona: A Litany

​Vera Icona: A Litany
-after Veronica
-from Psi, Phi & the Limits of Infinity: A Master’s Thesis

Strophe

I have seen Him …

Antistrophe

in the greatness of His name,

… in the misery
He allows.

… in children
at play.

… in photographs of
Holocaust survivors.

… in fireworks
displays and nuclear explosions.

… in the works
of the saints.

… begging for
food on a street corner.

Strophe

As lovers
holding hands

Antistrophe

… , I have seen Him.

In a stumbling
drunk …

In a glass
of water and by the ocean at sunset …

On the faces of champions
and on the faces of those they defeated …

As innocent civialians
mistakenly bombed …

In the everyday
guy working to get by …

Epode

I have seen Him in smiles, in tears,
and on the faces of everyone I have ever met
, have I seen Him, but I have not seen
Him in the mirror.