THE REPENTANT MAGDALEN Oil on canvas, Georges de La Tour, circa 1640
How have we not seen it, what she did, What she and the other women Must have done? They are gathered On that Sabbath night, still flayed with grief And horror—though not, it must be said, With fear, knowing themselves safe in their Insignificance. Whereas the men, elsewhere, Hiding, have ample cause to be afraid. The men
Would slip back to their boats, wouldn’t they? They would wave off questions, they would Deny. They would name it mirage, or the patriot Despair of a people occupied; the same goad Drives—they plead for understanding—insurgents In the hills, the Zealots? Call it a fruitless Dream. The women remember every
Word of it, that dream. It would follow The Baptist into murdered silence. Say It is Martha, then, head gripped in her Wretched hands, who cries out, “It would Need a miracle…”
They left the shroud with its brutal stains Tossed down, as a man might fling aside His bedclothes. At dawn, the Magdalene Went and told them that had been with Him As they mourned and wept…. Then arose Peter, and ran unto the sepulcher; And stooping down, he beheld the linen cloths Laid by themselves…
The men drank that hope, they became Apostles, they went to their several Martyrdoms rejoicing.
There was a certain other tomb The two sisters could attend—would be Expected to attend. At some later time The rattling bundle was taken up once more; The relics scattered against discovery; Lazarus left alone with his second death.
Her fingertips rest—and with such tenderness— On a skull historians call Allegory for the wages Sin demands. No matter whether Sleepless, late, lost in the candle’s writhing Light, she calls it by another, secret Name. Nor does she repent. ... See MoreSee Less
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