PIETA


Nearby flows Euphrates,
the fourth river that went out of Eden
to water the garden.

The four year old wears a pink jacket
the color of apple blossom sprayed
with her mother's blood.

The marine's eyes are half-moons.
His face is the darkness of a father
holding a dying child.

In the beginning
darkness was the only face
and God said:

Let there be light
and light was divided from darkness
so we would know one from the other.


------Joan I. Siegel
(Potomac Review Vol. 38)