Carla at 81

Adventures in charity:
You knew they would be dangerous.

Compassion as the last pity goes.
You used to win people. Now
Like a missionary you live among those
You did not attract, or choose,
Or win, witness for a sweet god only as strong as alms.
Since you were 16 you knew
You would stop making your life shine.
You are working on the invisible cathedral.
Now you know what gargoyles really are.

Here is what mother Theresa learned:
Only alms are stronger than doubt.

You are a pilgrim now, the word worn out,
The pilgrim washed and scrubbed and fresh.

Paul Anthony Hutchinson
Copyright Paul Anthony Hutchinson


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