Monday, July 18, 2016


It has been pointed out
By an acute and imaginary reader
That the St. Anthony in my poems -
The patron of those seeking what is lost -
Is not the Egyptian anchorite
Who is often depicted with a pig,
But a Paduan, born ten centuries later.
Further research, though, shows
That every Saint Anthony
(There are at least ten of them)
Is issued a pig at orientation
Along with access to the illimitable
Power of God and a map of Heaven
Last corrected in 1321.

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