Gilt


The icons

Their gilted, leafed, gold

Vibrant vermillion

Watch with watery eyes

Dried on stone

As old as memory

They shift

Imperceptably

Less than the fierce jackknifing

Of human need

As hot as birth

Waiting for rain

The saints

Painted with care

Remain vivid

As those who bleed

Live too fast and bruise

As dragonflies tussle

Enmeshed in each other’s flicker 

For a shortness that seems

Long

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25 thoughts on “Gilt

  1. “Painted with care
    Remain vivid
    As those who bleed
    Live too fast and bruise
    As dragonflies tussle
    Enmeshed in each other’s flicker
    For a shortness that seems
    Long”

    Those words took me to another world Candice, I hope you are doing ok, haven’t heard anything from you. Wish I could help

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