cathedral snow
ripples of candle flame
across the altar

                         censer arabesques the nave
                         light ablutes the chalice

alabaster chrism
the stained glass
dyes her weeping face

                         konaki bells
                         acheiropoietos tattoos
                         a red shawl around her

the click of rosary beads
" Our Father " hangs, a mist on her lips

                         Deesis hands outstretched
                          she follows the Day Star
                          footprints anoint white linen

(previously published in First Person Plural, 2005)
Dan Smith & Joshua Gage
the art of corruption
by Peter Schwartz & Daniel Y Harris