Miracle in Clearwater · Linda High

There’s a miracle in Clearwater:
Ugly Duckling Car Sales,
where wonder never fails.
Between Pelican Car Wash
and the Amoco gas station,
Ugly Duckling is the best place
in the entire Florida state
to go for Christmas vacation.

At Ugly Duckling,
the Mother of Jesus
gets her own parking lot,
with slick white benches
and smooth-hewned pews.

Out-of-towners bow down,
adoring amidst whiffs
of spic and span sedans,
hot-waxed hatchbacks,
and Amoco gas.

They burn candles,
praising beneath purple and yellow
and blue and green
rainbow shades on cloudy panes
of Ugly Duckling glass,

making the shape
of a perfect Virgin