CHERISHED SONS

Nicholas Maes (1634–93), “Jesus Blessing the Children”
National Gallery, London
Courtesy Wikimedia Commons

Where are You Father?
Here, My child—
But by another
Then defiled

Loveless dead
O Love of mine—
Are You in bread
And wounded wine?

A Father You
And not that one
With whom I grew
Who called me son

You are my Father
And my Savior
There is no other
Now or ever

No, My child
A father he
Who was defiled
Your tragedy

I now present
One sacrament
My very Heart
Love’s truest part

Forgiveness give
So both may live
Not love by ones
My cherished sons