a mournful thought on the occasion of halloween

the first shadow was cast by the doctor
of the church. then there was a bishop
and two dominicans opposing the sceptical
canon episcopi. but no one was as influential
as the german churchman with his hammer.
except maybe for a certain northern king.
and even now, when i see faces staring at me
from the walls and fences of holy buildings,
i am not sure if they are portraits of saints
or their innocent victims.

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