Halo of Thorns

Halo of thorns
Draws flame,
Quickens fire—
For this He came.

Star’s breath
Inspires song;
Far-flung hosts
Hail God’s Son.

Calloused hands,
Rhythm of shepherds’
Crooks on cobbled
Streets: shards

Of the uncreated light.
Mary reflects on
Her Son’s life,
Birth to resurrection.

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