161 N Victoria Street, St. Paul
Brought forth from the smoker
White bread wet with barbeque sauce
Lee — St. Leander of Seville
534-600 AD or 601 AD. Bishop of Seville. Brother to St. Isidore. Known primarily for his work converting the Visigoth kings of the Iberian peninsula.
Dee — St. Demetrius I of Alexandria
125-230 AD. 12th Pope of Alexandria and Patriarch of the Sea of St. Mark. An illiterate farmer, married fifty years and yet a virgin. Appointed Patriarch after fulfilling the dream prophesy shone by St. Julian, 11th Pope.
Barbeque — St. Barbara
Kept locked in a tower by rich pagan father. Converted to Christian, and installed three windows to honor the Trinity. When her father learned of this conversion, he drew his sword to kill her, but Barbara prayed and was miraculously transported to a mountain gorge. Her father pursued, got rebuffed, and eventually caught Barbara, and brought her before the prefect Martinianus. Barbara was tortured routinely, but each morning her wounds healed. She was condemned to death by beheading, following this martyrdom her executioner was struck by lightning. Also Patron Saint of Towers, Firefighters, and Bomb Disposal Units.
2451 Hennepin Avenue, Minneapolis
Or on a date night
wait-staff called in to sub
Rinata — St. Renatus of Sorrento and Saint Renatus of Angers
The first Renatus was 5th century bishop of Sorrento. He is often depicted as an old man, or hermit. The second Renatus, also born in the 5th century, lived in France. After failing to provide sacrament to a dying child, the bishop of Angers, called Maurice, went into self-imposed exile, returning only after years of expiation. Upon return, he prayed at the tomb of the dead infant, and the infant was miraculously resurrected. The resurrected infant was called Renatus, and succeeded Maurice as Bishop. These two Renati merged sometime in the 13th century.
1825 Glenwood Avenue, Minneapolis
Brought into this America
another brilliant searing grill
American dream food
Jesse — Tree of Jesse
A pictorial representation of Christ’s genealogy. The patriarch Jesse is often depicted at the base of the space, with a trunk jutting from his side. Figures are depicted as branches (Solomon, David and Mary) ending with Jesus Christ as a blossom.
1626 Selby Avenue, St. Paul
Has tables now
and lovely tart hummus
eyes water in happiness
but teenage boys still come and go with weird regularity
you drug front of the angels
Lulu — St. Lucy
283-304 AD. Born in Syracuse. Lucy consecrated her virginity to God and vowed to distribute her dowry to the poor. Upon discovering this development, her betrothed ordered her desecrated in a brothel; the guards could not move her however, so firewood was brought in and a pyre was constructed around her. When she did not burn, she was martyred by repeated stabbings.
728 Broadway Street NE, Minneapolis
And last winter
I walked to work through snow drifts on Broadway
and saw a lone cardboard raft of onion rings half buried
I resisted them
Franky — St. Francis of Hoboken
1915-1998. Born in Hoboken, St. Francis first found success as a boy singer with Harry James and the Tommy Dorsey Band. Following a period of poor critical reception, including an ill-fated marriage to Ava Gardner, St. Francis reemerged in 1953, landing a K.O. double whammy in an Oscar winning performance (From Here to Eternity), as well as a new contract with Capitol, the label he would call home until his eventual martyrdom in 1998. St. Francis is also the patron saint of Birds, Bums, Chicks, Clydes, Dames, Finks, Harveys, Pallie’s, Ta-ta’s, and Ring-a-ding-dings.