Saint Francis and the Animals

(4 October)


Eight hundred years

Ago in the

Middle part of Italy,


A person walked and others

Walked with him


But when he tried to preach

No one would hear;

So he spoke his message

Unto the birds

The raccoons (in my telling)

And all things that crept

Or flew through the air


He would return to people:

He visited the pope

He met with the sultan of

The Muslim warriors who

Fought in Jerusalem,


Because he hoped

That peace as a cause

Might overwhelm

The rest

That keeps

Getting in our way