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The Shadow of Christ

by William Miller

The shadow of Christ
on the cathedral wall
welcomes the lost
to its embrace.

Only a desperate
drunk or a homeless
teenager shakes
the iron gates.

Tourists take their
snaps, stroll by,
marvel at the light
that makes the shadow.

But they never think
of grace, how badly
they need it, even more
than a blind beggar.

William Miller is a Birmingham, Alabama, native now living in The French Quarter of New Orleans. His poems have appeared in more than 200 journals, including The Southern Review and Prairie Schooner. Read his former poems published in Deep South here


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  • Sandra / April 20, 2014

    A thought provoking poem. Wonderful