The Best Wine (Cavatina)

I love the nonchalance of John
And Cana’s wedding feast:
Mechanics of the premiere sign,
Details giv’n least.

The unaware feast-master sipped
New vintage old;
And praised the Master of the Vine
For vintage bold.

The glory of the signified
Strangely best framed
By humility’s hiding cloak
And yet unnamed.

The sign’s effect is not all lost,
For those who saw its Final Cause.

12-26-2015

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