Friday, May 17, 2019

Duane Vorhees writes


Sunday morning parkbirds must share their madrigals
with Father Godfrey and his sideshow miracles.
With eloquent pleas for the change of the simple,
Godfrey begins forging his chains for the crippled;
on cue, “Bring forth therefore fruits meet for repentance,”
he intones like a judge delivering sentence;
the people reach deep in their pockets for Jesus
to surrender pieces of silver to Croesus;
and then at last it comes, the laying on of hands;
the blind go crazy to watch the legless stand.
            And stand one does!
A hobbler confesses and throws away his crutch.

Weekly, Godfrey dons his habit of religion.
This Assisi coos his sermon to his pigeons,
who flock from their coops to seek out their new Gideon.

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