Epitaph (To a Woman of Noble Character)

by Julie Amos | March 05, 2008
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I saw
The head
Of she whom
I have clothed
With dignity
And strength
Dishonored.

I saw
The praise
Of she who endows
Her husband
With respect
And wealth
Withheld.

I saw
The hands
Of she who bestows
Value and
Good on
Her beloved
Chained.

I saw
The works
Of she who rises
At dawn to
Lead her household
In love
Diminished.

I saw
The heart
Of she who opens
Her arms
To the poor
And needy
Pierced.

I saw
The mouth
Of she who speaks
Words of
Ancient wisdom
And teaching
Silenced.

And I wept;
For in that precious jewel,
In that burning lamp,
In that blessed image,
I also saw Him.

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