Monday, November 10, 2014

Pilgrim, Pilgrim

When said twice
your name
double sweet --
a carte de tendre, 
a path of love --
like Martha, Martha. 

Pilgrim, pilgrim,
appear off the page
appear off the screen
appear off line
appear as a host
appear as a friend
appear as you really are.

I am an earthbound pilgrim
and hear it double sweet
without contempt for lowly,
unlikely pilgrimages.

To be a pilgrim
rather than to appear
to be a pilgrim is how
I hear the repeated,
affectionate affirmation.