Poems of the Week

Sealed Off

by Nora Jay

“Max von Sydow, star of The Seventh Seal …, dies aged 90 …
He also brought immense presence and gravity to roles such as Jesus Christ
in The Greatest Story Ever Told (1965), a doomed priest in William Friedkin’s
The Exorcist, and an intellectually snobbish artist in Woody Allen’s
Hannah and Her Sisters (1986).”
—The Guardian

Let us this week remember Max von Sydow,
Who brought the gravity that fits a credo
To roles like Jesus Christ, an Exorcister,
And Hannah’s in-law-loving Sister’s Mister.
His game of chess with Death was gravely splendid.
This has identically now re-ended.