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  137.     

The Road to Damascus

God creates poets
To speak for him
In the divine tongue

Mortals take heed

Next time you
Kill a poet
With your indifference.


(Previously published in Academici, Oct.2005)
 
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  138.     

The Second Coming

You won’t believe me when I say this
Indeed I speak it still in fear
But the memory lingers with me, like the wound of a rusty nail
I saw the face of Jesus
Yes it’s true
No please don’t mock me
I did not believe it either, I did not recognize him at first
But then neither did the twelve in that dim ether long ago
His eyes were filled with love, inexplicable to me
And yet there was an anger and a sorrow, even fear
His hair was matted, rather dirty
And the clothes were worn and tattered, hardly elegant or refined
Yes, you laugh
And think I’m crazy
But I tell you that it’s true
I saw the face of Jesus
Imploring and alone
If only I’d seen him sooner, but I didn’t recognize him, you see
Till his body lay stiff and cold
Swaddled in the corner of the subway station, only ten or twelve years old
Homeless and forgotten
And believe me, you who will, with more venom than the Pharisees
Pontius Pilate and the rest
We have crucified Him

Again.


(Previously published in Poetry Soul to Soul, Dec.2006)
 
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  139.     

The Seeds Of Power

were sown before I was born
in another man’s field
from the window of my small hut
I watched his mansions grow
the servants bringing news of the secret lives there led
the dalliance of love without effort
romance on the deck of a sailing ship
rendezvous and midnight soirees
Grand Balls at the Governor’s Palace
polo with the Prince on his chestnut steed

I often wondered had I been granted
the reins of fortune
without the means to suffer indignity
would I attend the play
take the mallet
with a mighty swing chuck
the troubles of this world
galloping through life with only the thought
to finish the day in
winning colors?


(Previously published in Some Words: A Place for Poetry, Aug.2004)
 
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  140.     

The Smoke of Gallipoli

Nineteen years old
He lost his legs

A field of shard and wire
Trench and bunker

Bullets flying
Australians and Turks

Fighting
For what?

He won’t ever be able
To answer the question

Or waltz with Matilda
Again.


(Previously published in Poets4Peace, Nov.2000)
 
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