The Tower Journal

Daniel Brown

Linen Love

Viewed afar, linen love languishes.

Lately hollow.
Formerly passionate.
Previously entrancing.
But first a mystery.
Always a mystery.

The consecrated conspiracy, known to all, entices all suitors,
          then disappoints.
The linen love, known to most, does its best,
          then frees.

Viewed intimately, freedom beckons, “Come.”


Nothing shamed the woman whose form filled her field.
Tilled and groomed, the garden invited her to recline.
Full flower and proud produce anticipated the yield.
She positioned for life: her self, her body, her mind.

          Shy never.
          Not once timid.
          At no time fearful.

Woman who grew and matured, met the gaze of her beloved.
He was to her divinity. The very image.

Copyright © 2014 Daniel Brown

Daniel Stewart Brown, Jr., earned his doctorate from Louisiana State University. He is a professor in the Department of Communication & Visual Arts at Pennsylvania's Grove City College. The author of two books on interfaith dialogue, his 30-plus scholarly articles have appeared in numerous academic journals. He has been a high school teacher, a telephone operator, a pastor, a fundraiser, a son, an automotive laborer, and a driver ed instructor.

The Tower Journal
Fall/Winter 2014