Veneration of Images
Thou man, first-comer, whose wide arms entreat,
   Gather, clasp, welcome, bind,
Lack, or remember; whose warm pulses beat
   With love of thine own kind:—
Unlifted for a blessing on yon sea,
   Unshrined on this highway,
O flesh, O grief, thou too shalt have our knee,
   Thou rood of every day!

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Lane Core Jr. (
Created April 8, 2001; not revised.