"executed Roman women - third century - martyrs - virgins"
all of the saints. all of the ghosts of those who once lived and
died for the crown they tried so much to serve. their forms
that hang so holy in the hallways and threaten the existence
for the rest of us who remain upon the earth.
saint euthalia, born of the lady saint eutropia, both ladies led
by the miracle of god presented before them. young euthalia
so willing to stand in the way of being called a sinner and lay
her neck below the sword of fate.
glimpse memories of barely recognizable saints, small altars
hanging about a lonesome room and a rebel looking for escape
from the very thoughts. those very thoughts keeping them alive.
the period called ante-nicene, running memories from the very
first of the centuries to twenty five years past the third century's
prime. such a short expanse to cover sixty saints of the femme
side and the history contained for so many as martyrs.
names taken from greece, from rome and from the old elder
places. why are these not the names said when oil is placed
on the forehead of any child of god? why are so many named in
the honor, praise, and protection of mary? there may be the
mother of god but there are other women about the church.