Michelangelo’s Pieta

Pieta – Michaelangelo

My town has a plaster cast

made before the crazy man

took a hammer to the Christ

lying sensuously on

Mary’s big, broad lap.  He’s nude

except for a strip of cloth

she keeps staring at.  A Bride-

…Child-of-God, yet also Mother-

of-God:  she looks sixteen…


Rome’s sculpture is behind glass

now.  Vandals who have seen

sex instead of symbol pass

safely by, kept yards away. 

Here we still come close:  see! pray!

– Steve Shoemaker, host of Keepin’ the Faith, WILL, Urbana, Illinois.

Note: The cast of the Pieta is in the Spurlock Museum of World Cultures at the University of Illinois, Urbana.  


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About Gordon C. Stewart

I've always liked quiet. And, like most people, I've experienced the world's madness. "Be Still! Departure from Collective Madness" (Wipf and Stock Publishers, Jan. 2017) distills 47 years of experiencing stillness and madness as a campus minister and Presbyterian pastor (IL, WI, NY, OH, and MN), poverty criminal law firm executive director, and social commentator. Our dog Barclay reminds me to calm down and be much more still than I would be without him.

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