The bleeding woman hem-touched;
the barren womb garment-grabbed.
Ten thousand thighs strained up the slope.
Ten thousand eyes gaped.
She stole cleanness;
purity, she snatched.
Spread bread and fishes to holy hillside stomachs.
Blest are the fed.
She didn’t wait but walked;
she went home another way.
Patrick T. Reardon is the author of eight books, including Requiem for David, a poetry collection published in 2017 by Silver Birch Press, and Faith Stripped to Its Essence, a literary-religious commentary on Shusaku Endo’s Silence, the basis of the recent Martin Scorsese movie, published in 2016 by ACTA. Reardon worked for 32 years as a reporter with the Chicago Tribune, specializing in urban affairs, and is now writing a book about the untold story of the impact of the elevated railroad Loop on the stability and development of Chicago. His essays, book reviews and poetry have appeared frequently in American and European publications.