Hardship and Posthumous Pain

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The Martyrdom of St. Peter of Verona     painting by Bellini

 

Here’s a poem by John Guzlowski  :

 

Martyrdom

The martyr does not die. He lives to create more like him.

 

The conscience lives behind an anonymous window

 

In tangletown. It is difficult to find the right one.

 

You call and call and there is no answer. But never

 

A busy signal. The martyrs climb one side

 

Of a mountain and descend the other. It is a world

 

Full of dangers, hidden crevasses, avalanches,

 

And so overwhelmingly beautiful they sometimes

 

Wish they could die right there. They endure

 

Hardship and posthumous fame

 

With its bitter aftertaste, the feeling of looking

 

Almost into infinity, which leaves them giddy,

 

As if drunk. They carry miles of rope for their descents.

 

So many martyrs. So much rope. So much

 

Climbing and descending. Though very hard, their work

 

Goes on. The conscience, meanwhile, cooks an egg.

 

It brushes water on a hard crust and fries it in a skillet,

 

Making it chewable. It may go to market later today,

 

but then again it may wait until tomorrow.

 

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