I Have Learned More
I have learned more from the crucifix than from any book.
—St. Thomas Aquinas
Nothing like His slave-fashioned Roman cross—
This miniature one with stainless-steel gloss;
Those golden crosses in sanctuaries
Or marble ones rowed in cemeteries.
Just hard-edged, flat, wood or brass,
Crosses plain—bejeweled—and some simply crass.
Any cross has neat symmetry from
machine-cast and stamped geometry.
I studied a crucifix.
This Hebrew figurine shrouds
face contorted arms pinioned
blood loss eyes piercing.
No question surpasses My God, my God . . .