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  • Writer's pictureHannah Hinsch

Woman in Red

Updated: Jul 26, 2022

After an icon of Mary Magdelene at the feet of Jesus, Cathedral Basilica of St Francis of Assisi, Santa Fe

Blood black and congealed with dying matter flows clean

red from crown to clavicle, crest of rib

and hands fresh-bruised like tender doves touched

with ache of dusk

flown down on wings white-lit

to meet you, and where a mother in blue

looks in sorrow, and the other covers her eyes

in grief, you, the third in red, curl at his feet, a shell at break

of parted sea red as the hair that shrouds you;

broken bride in the waiting

do you know you will wake again

to rend a dawn like a veil torn, to meet him standing there,

to be filled white and clean and, once again, to shatter?

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