Epitaph (to a woman of noble character)

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.