by Carole Stone
At the Musée National du Moyen Age Stories in paint and stone: the Annunciation, Mary nurses her child, The Assumption: Mary taken up to heaven. Cripples and the blind being cured. Thyme, chervil and basil thrive in the garden; it bloomed for Charlemagne. In this hour, when the earth is full of human hatred, a pear tree promises salvation. A blonde young woman, anointed with oil, her bra unsnapped, bathes in the sun. Once, Christ a certainty, monks’ quills scraped on parchment.
Carole Stone is a Distinguished Professor of English and Creative Writing, emerita, Montclair State University. She has published five books of poetry. Her recent poems have appeared in Sequestrum, Presence, A Catholic Journal, and Blue Fifth Review.