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Fourteen Lines for the Challenger

                     For St. Edmund Campion (1540-1581)   They would not let you speak. Sometimes the truth Must hide; more often it is hid. The right’s Constrained by circumstance: soft hands with ruth Sequester it, in priest holes where no light Wrestles with light, the dark uncomprehending, […]

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Bourgeois Martyrdom

Bourgeois Martyrdom For St. Edmund Campion, etc.  They have painted my door jambs in purple, and placed roses on my pillow. My life is a splayed hand in a darkened den of thieves. Time goes by, like the wind over a reed whistle, and I sweat knowing a calm will come. I ball up in […]