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Nido me walking

At the age of fifteen, on the path of St. James,
she sets out in search of lovers she has lost
and the children she mourns who have no names
but she has no money & she doesn’t know the cost.

In a California mission where firs are tipped with frost
an acolyte remembers playing cruel parlour games
and abandoning a woman in a place called Vladivost…
at the age of fifteen, on the path of St. James.

The mother of the searching girl repudiates her claims
that we have all loved here before. She’s crossed
affection off her list, and though the girl’s disdained
she sets out in search of lovers she has lost.

The man turned priest, his dreams are tempest-tossed;
to Compostela he is sent, in hopes his soul reclaims
a calling, there she finds him weeping near a cross
and the children she mourns who have no names

surround him in the company of Peter, John and James.
Transfigured, he looks around at robes embossed
and sees her midst the faces innocent of shame,
but she has no money & she doesn’t know the cost—

nor he, of recovering & managing the lover he has lost.
They’ve grown too much to wear their former chains,
and so the saints with sweet affection blow exhaust
from both their hearts, restoring youth that reigns
at the age of fifteen.

~~~

Here is a link to the Rondeau Redoublé.

© Elaine Stirling, 2013
Image: pre-poetess on the road
to Nido de Aguilas, Lo Barnechea,
Santiago, Chile

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