A Litany for St. Martin de Porres | Sojourners

A Litany for St. Martin de Porres

A poem.
Jordan Hainsey

On your mother’s side Abyssinian slaves,
grandees from Spain on your father’s.
How could someone dark
as a Dominican’s cappa with a burnt
oak face and a halo of knotted hair
be the patron of holiness?
Barbering and sweeping were not
causes for sainthood.

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November 2018
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