Saint Francis Allegedly Said 

The birds have nests 

the foxes holes
but where hath the son 

of God to lay his head?

Courting ire, slouching, 

the curve of his spine 

like a crow’s

There was a day
we held out our thumbs 

and my father’s slouch 

was like a teenager’s

Like an almost ageless 

almost anorexiated 

warworn body

He said in Europe
pilgrims are not much better 

looked on than the homeless

He said many pilgrims 

and I wonder if he meant

soldiers of a kind
as well

were not in fact devout 

but merely curious
or otherwise lost