“Mystery” by Jan Oskar Hansen


the father hangs in the belfry

when mother superior hears of this

she screams once, high pitched

the bells crack deep fissures of despair

the blind boy, led by a dumb peasant

woman who thinks he is her son,

knows everything and he smiles

there are shattered windows in

the priory

the old bishop knows the truth too but

he fears man and loves god,

and speaks not, and the truth

will be hidden in the boy’s heart