By Patrick T. Reardon

Zwiastowanie_Tintorett...detail....2...I see the hand of God
write on the wall
the sins of the king.

I see the bloody knife.

I see the father
lead the son to slaughter.

I smell the burning bush.

I see the furnace,
three inside unburnt.

I hear the walls fall,
taste bitter herbs before travel,
stand on sacred ground,
see the salt woman, the honey and milk land,
the river red with blood.

I see the face of God

I hear the Lord speak my name.

I feel the touch of fearful blessing.



Written by : Patrick T. Reardon

For more than three decades Patrick T. Reardon was an urban affairs writer, a feature writer, a columnist, and an editor for the Chicago Tribune. In 2000 he was one of a team of 50 staff members who won a Pulitzer Prize for explanatory reporting. Now a freelance writer and poet, he has contributed chapters to several books and is the author of Faith Stripped to Its Essence. His website is

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