Many years ago I went on a bike tour of Bavaria.
We cycled through rural communities and often
found ourselves in dark forests.
And in the darkest parts of the forest it wasn't
unusual to come across a small grotto dedicated to
A burning candle and Her image behind a wire gate.
The whole thing no more than a foot high.
To see it you had to kneel.
Each grotto verdant,
Smelling of damp earth.
A holy place.