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Nov 03, 2009
Chilandari (Athos), 13th
century Byzantine icon
Our Lord of Flaked Paint freckling
sallow skin and emerald robes,
Our Lord of Mudpuddle Eyes
that look away in weary irritation,
no one can touch your loneliness,
God cut off from God.
You who flamed a world into being
with only words, stood
in the midst of bickering men,
fig trees dying, and sparrows
falling to the ground.
Were there days when heat and dust,
the smell of stale crowds
pushing you from place to place,
asking for one more resurrection,
food for thousands
or withered hands healed,
made you want to slash the canvas,