Friday, March 11, 2016

pareidolia


the face of Christ on a piece of toast
some plaster in Pittsburgh
 a pancake at the Cowgirl Cafe
on the Shroud of Turin
 looking as much like Charles Manson
or Che Guevara
as Jesus


Mother Mary appearing
 between hospital window panes
near Boston
 or a on a tree trunk
in Iowa

 religious Rorschachs 
only perceived by some
ridiculed by others
with a clearer vision
or none at all

camera ready
a few search for a sign
look for hope
in a bowl of corn flakes

most laugh at the phenomenon
this prophecy
 whose medium might be mold,
misty moisture or
burned bread

but others
not blinded
by impossibility
might see a miracle
dancing in their heads

Barry DeCarli
March 11, 2016
On Hammond Pond
©Barry DeCarli
Draft #11









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