10-17 They Come

I have been involved in The Order of St. Luke the Physician, an anointing and healing ministry for ~ 20 years. This one, written years ago, summarizes:

They Come,


heart wounds draining.

Dark voices taunt from inner berths

and some bear pillars of salt from family heirlooms.


They advance in file,

and each steps forth

into clusters of waiting children


who, reaching with veiny hands,

touch as in Michelangelo’s Creation

and utter ancient prayers.


From somewhere wind exults

into their bodies. Currents flush

torments away.


Flakes of light flutter at their heels

as they depart


and we, with watery eyes


watch their passage with deep breaths.