Marie du jour 2020: 3 May

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.

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