Poem for July 27

July 27, 2012 § Leave a comment

Selections from THE LAMB

Sensing a just
and impartial ghost
close to each living thing
I could see the genius

of institutional religion.
Examine your conscience.
Confess in darkness
and take away a task.

Soon you’ll wash off flesh
scented by its parallel past.

 

*

 

Your best friends
have gone ahead.

You can leave your singularity behind and put the book down.

This is your pilot.
You are about to leave earth.

Your confirmation code is BNROXL. Or is that a zero?
It doesn’t matter now.

-Fanny Howe, from The Lamb (Song Cave, 2011)

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