Psaltery & Lyre

Out of Egypt

How to re-yeast the daily / flatness of bread and wine?

Psalm 152 (A Song of Ascent)

lovely Lois / got mean, / / the kindness stuttered / right out of her, / a resentful tremolo


I know that Charlie, Millie's husband, has been dead for four years, but she isn't able to lacerate new events into the flesh of memory.

After Easter

The airy headroom, where the egg flattens, / that's where you begin.

Stations of the Cross

My teacher handed me the coloring book / and a pack of Crayola, said stay in the lines. / / I turned the pages, flimsy kid paper, / not strong enough to hold these pictures, / / these images outlined in thick black, / Christ’s hard journey to Golgotha.

Spring, Orcas Island

Mud / / in abundance spatters every / coat. These low and lively clouds / fill the world with their scuttle

News from the Underground: Volcano Aftermath

Maybe the kingdom of / heaven curves inward, like four front teeth, gnawing


on that very dark, very icy / winter night in the woods

Angel Ordering Exiles from Paradise

He knew he would soon find / them trying to sneak back into / the garden, lusting after sweet / berries, succulent pears, jewel- / brilliant pomegranate seeds.

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