Tag: religion

Smoke Over Paris

Their Lady of Paris burnt
in one online afternoon
Her re-imagined spire
tipped to robes of smoke

like a bloodied lance
in surrender - once more -
to politics and holy battles
in a kindless fog of war

Her heated metals ran
as dark beaded sweats
from her swealing . . .

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A Pathogen at Work

This year's olive crop
is failing across Apulia
as older-than-Christ
groves are uprooted

to break the spread
of the end of the world
for sun-dried farmers
who bear the dark look

of bereaved parents
at their child's funeral -
as their questions to God
are waved . . .

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Shrove Tuesday

Shriven into a repentant's place -
readied for a cross of palm ash -
a marking - tomorrow - of believers -
Yesterday was our early Mardi Gras
of confessions - But we do not follow
those fading rules of others' liturgies -
We cannot name their Shriving Bell
as they stick it loudly to parishioners . . .

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And Disorderly

He visits lost priests
to mumble-in-vain
for what?
His loose-lip prayers weave
over tremble-woven fingers -

This is the church -
this is the steeple -
look inside
and see the people -

God's gatekeepers
cannot force the bolts -
not slammed
gavel-struck ones -
so he carries his sentence . . .

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