Veronica's Veil (1470)
by Hans Memling (1430-1494)
National Gallery of Art

The Letter V: Veronica's Veil

Veronica's Veil bears image
of Christ when she wiped his face
on his tired ascent up to Calvary—
Dante tells it in his Paradiso.

Be a valiant vessel of virtue,
visit the valley visionaries,
venerate the vesica piscis,
venture into vortex of the Void.

Vivekananda's talk— best in Chicago,
Anthony teaches Advaita Vedanta,
PB treats me with vervain tea in Vevey,
Wei Wu Wei is sage with vertical vision.

Jules Verne writes "Voyage to the Moon",
Vivaldi composed "The Four Seasons",
Valentino played "Sheik" in silent films,
Vander Meer tossed two straight no-hitters.

"Valentine Mints" verse cast in
bronze near SF's Ferry Building,
Vaudeville violin & viola played
while we danced the Virginia Reel.

Rig Veda— oldest religious text,
Vivekachudamani— on three miracles,
Vita Nuova— Dante's love for Beatrice,
Vanity Fair— Thackeray's romance novel.

Be vigilant to voodo magic—
even Merlin was seduced by Vivian,
Visit Vienna where Beethoven lived,
View Vermeer's art to soothe the soul.

Better to feel vulnerable than
proclaim victory over others.
Vanquish your ego that prevents
seeing your vast infinite Self.

Vigil in the Garden & Vineyard—
Vanishing point from da Vinci,
Value that which is eternal—
Vincent Van Gogh's "Starry Night".

  — Peter Y. Chou
      Mountain View, 10-1-2020