Our Lady of the Way       

 
Everywhere

As with the air

Yet in the sea

A shore

 

On mountains

As in valleys

By wells

And fountains

 

Over the sand

Over the snow

Where trees stand

Or flowers grow

 

Likewise in gutters

Behind bars

And counters

Locked shutters

 

On trains

Airplanes

At cross roads

The stock exchange

 

Underground

At great dances

Despite cancer

Beyond the speed of sound

 

Among gypsies

And doubtful scholars

In theatres

And coal cellars

 

Always in churches

Especially

With nurses

Women doing the wash

 

From Albany

To Zagazig

With mandarins

And negroes

 

Yes, in the movies

The Senate lobby

By open graves

At the china cupboard

 

On beaches

And ocean liners

With miners

And school teachers

 

In the Jewish quarter

Beauty of Carmel

Notre Dame de Sion

With the eldest daughter

 

In shoe shops

And courts of law

With the happy

Serving supper

 

Before the news

By the barbed wire

Between rosary beads

In falls from power

 

Beside the dying

The thieves and liars

The millionaires

 

Beside the saints

Everywhere

As with the air

We do not see you

Yet you are there

Our Lady of the Way