Michigan Boulevard, Chicago
Sr. Miriam of the Holy Spirit, O.C.D.
(Jessica Powers) (1932)
There is a star above this street for me.
Hither I came of old,
bearing my myrrh and frankincense and gold.
Hunger and loneliness and poverty
I brought for their delight
once in my youth upon a snowy night.
I did not follow to the inmost place
where the Child lay asleep.
It was too splendid; the light dripped too deep.
I saw the tears upon the Virgin’s face.
I gave my gifts to her,
and the night ended in a golden blur.
Powers, J 1999, The Selected Poetry of Jessica Powers, ICS Publications, Washington DC.