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Inside a Weary Face

Line in speech marks taken from The Passion of Joan of Arc, a 1928 silent film. The accompanying image is also from the film; it depicts Renee Maria Falconetti in the title role.  

What poets and fanatics want  
is in that weary face:  
a deep, authentic suffering,  
a sacrifice to inner Hell.  

"Has God made you promises?"  
Has time, and art, and love?  
What promise have you made to them?  
The questions rise and judge,  
a spectral court  
like vultures old and fat  
about a roadside corpse.  
The rites of exorcism are forgot,  
so old is this demon  
that It cannot be borne  
without a lasting scar.  
In the footage, then the flesh...  
In conception, and in death...  
A sinner may be penitent,  
A saint stubborn with faith,  
but some possessions last and last,  
and can be seen inside a weary face.
Written by The_Silly_Sibyl (Tommy or Tuppence)
Published | Edited 27th Sep 2018
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