Shot with arrows and left for dead,
against the angel's leg, Sebastian sinks.
In time, he'll become the patron
saint of athletes and bookbinders.
But for now, who wouldn't want to be
delivered into the sculpted arms
of this seraph, his heavenly
shoulders and biceps?
The artist understood the swoon
of doctrine, its fundamental
musculature, and the human need
to lean against the lusty form,
accept the discourse that assigns
to each of us a winged guardian
whispering into our ringing ears.