TO ST. FRANCIS OF ASSISI / by Joseph Castorino

Your jolly, joyful eyes dreamily dance

to the sublime, saintly symphony

Of the unimaginably beautiful creations

of the Most High Lord God;

Your pious, prayerful persistence

and earnest embrace transform the

Leprous lechery of our lives into

the radiant Son-shine of lasting love;

Your voice, like a melodious and

musical church bell, resonates and

Reverberates throughout the ages

with the clarity and purity of truth;

Your simple, kindly actions speak

louder than the sonic boom of the

Ghastly gossip and eloquently

empty chatter of the world.