Peregrine Laziosi was born well-to-do not poor,
a rebel, not saintly, fighting, not praying.
Oddly, choosing to stand when others sat.
Did Jesus once descend from the cross
and cure his cancerous leg? We pray.
Peregrine is the patron saint of those suffering from cancer. The lesson of his life is not that God worked a miracle, but that he was a faithful servant who placed himself in the hands of God.
Non-believers cite his recovery as an example of the potency of the immune system in fighting cancer.
Peregrine died on May 1st, 1345 and many people pay him special honor on May 1st each year.
gargouille, throat, gullet (dragon) from Latin gurgulio,
gar, “to swallow,” gurgling sound of water
from this grotesque spout conveying rainwater away
from walls and mortar, always turned away
from spire, prayers, hymns, smoke and fire.
Gargoyle, Notre Dame, Paris
Latin vaccinus, from vacca “cow” because of
early use of cowpox virus against smallpox.
I remember the massive Sabin oral vaccine
for polio first developed by Jonas Salk.
Vaccines stimulate the production of antibodies
provide immunity against one or several diseases
using disease to treat without inducing disease.
“Our greatest responsibility,” said Dr. Salk Vaccine,
“is to be good ancestors.” We too
use our life to inoculate against life.
A 1963 poster featured CDC’s national symbol of public health, the “Wellbee”, who was encouraging the public to receive an Sabin Type-II oral polio vaccine in campaigns across the United States. (via Wikimedia)
spring thoughts to poetry as if poetry
needed a month or only a month.
One American poet (turned British) said April
is the cruelest month but we remaining
make it 30 poetic lines, some rhyming.
Pandora, by Lawrence Alma-Tadema, 1881
The first human woman, that each god
gave unique gifts, opened not a box
but a storage jar containing the why
of all the evil in the world.
She, no more a myth than Eve.