damien, saint of molokai

By Sister Lou Ella Hickman, IWBS - Corpus Christi, Texas, USA - 18 August 2014



yours was a strange baptism --

water washing feet

the sign you now belonged

it was righteousness not charity that drove you

like a tropical storm over dots of land

to carpenter out your days with them . . .

yours was the lesson we all must learn:

ravaged flesh has no need of charity

save only the humanity pronounced in we