On St. Anthony’s Feast Day I like to think of Flaubert & his ill-fated unfinished novel La Tentation de Saint-Antoine. Have mercy on us poets! As you sin & deposit the stroke of death in our common language, we struggle under the toll it takes on our ever mournful psyches. Love is our grace & salvation… Have mercy on us, your poor beasts of burden… Your nihilism shrinks our souls and our cross grows heavier… Have mercy on us wordsmiths, have grace so we may be relieved…

“Anthony: What Is the Point of All This? The Devil: There Is No Point!”, by Odilon Redon from his “The Temptation of Saint Anthony” series


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