St. Francis of Assisi

The humble statue of St. Francis has fallen face down in a winter storm and found that the earth is indeed flat. Not a smooth surface, but most definitely flat, clear in the fact of his post-fall stillness. Once, he fell on his back, and watched the sky swivel and felt the earth move. Wondered, if the earth is flat, why does it seem to go round and round and round? St. Francis died eight centuries ago believing that the earth he walked remained in one place. Now he does not walk. He’s cold, on snowy ground, holding a tiny stone bird beneath his body. He has become as still as the earth used to be, and the earth has eclipsed him as the mover.

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