Markings

He  asked the farmer, “What is holy?”
In his eyes,
it is the sun that burns
his crops.

He  asked the fisherman, “What is holy?”
In his eyes,
it is the sea that drowns
his ships.

He  asked the laborer, “What is holy?”
In his eyes,
it is the earth that burdens
his body.

He  asked the soldier, “What is holy?”
In his eyes
it is the battle that destroys
his home.

He  asked the priest, “What is holy?”
In his eyes,
it is the cross that bloodies
his soul.

He asked the child, “What is holy?”
In his eyes,
it is his father that treads
his worth.

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