Circa 1996


We live you in your vibrant youth

Child of Greece and Rome

Tempered by compassion 

From the seed of Nazareth sown


Willed into existence

Despite the ancient drag

Of bones pulled at  your heel steps

By the character of man


How for this shining moment

Transcendent in your strength

Your skin still fresh

Your thoughtful gaze

Your sinews taut as ropes

The guardian

And the living form

You shield our highest hopes