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Pewter Cross Earring
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Buying chocolate-drizzled cannoli
 1
becoming the young baker's
 2
first customer the week
 3
since she opened her new
 4
confectioners' sugar
 5
white neon-pink bakery
 6
he did not know
 7
he turned tears into champagne.
 8
 
 
Dropping his last five dollars
 9
in rusted tin coffee can
 10
for scorned one-legged ragged beggar
 11
he did not know he
 12
rebuked the golden priest
 13
alabaster cathedral on the corner.
 14
 
 
Smiling at the haggard man
 15
who worked for less than he ached
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respecting the weather worn face
 17
laughing at dirty jokes through a pilsner
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he did not know it was a sacrament.
 19
 
 
Speaking with the widow
 20
nothing of apparent importance
 21
(even after she traded black clothes
 22
blue, yellow, red, white, violet)
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she had no one else to speak
 24
he did not know he spread gospel.
 25
 
 
Dangling
 26
pewter cross earring
 27
he wore since 1989
 28
relic of heavy metal days
 29
he did not know revealed:
 30
 
 
He always thought himself an atheist
 31
did not know he was the messiah.
 32

15 Jan 17

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