Our Lady of the Pootens
public domain in the United States
Lamentation of Christ, Erfurt, c. 1480, limewood, original colours
Skulpturensammlung (Inv. 5930, erworben 1910), Bode-Museum, Berlin
Photo: Andreas Praefcke
He called me “our lady of the pootens,”
“pootens” being those
creatures who could not
survive on their own.
The appellation was not meant in honor
nor in love--
the sardonic maybe,
as I picked up yet another
hurt and hungry animal
to harbor for a time,
until it healed,
He didn’t know that was empathy.
He wanted it to be something else,
a space that I carved out
only for Him
a space for Him
But I couldn’t do it for Him.
I just couldn’t.
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