Two Poems

Both are from section IV of Lightgnawn (Wild Goat Press, 2018).

 

24.

For John Woolman

 

Dark liturgies

of tranquilicide reign

 

as red the Christspawned Mother

deepens the flow of absence

 

until One enters

Truth-baptised

 

to tell

 

as cloven history, aswarm with clay,

greyens Godward

 

and griefsnakes rattle in mercy.

 

25.

Time’s self out-realed

in feasts of ashen

where beyondstayed

gleams

wriggle in cross-silk

skin, and motions of Truth

lust-silent, purge the deathdrips

of state

and stains usurp

the robe’s killing floor.

 

Remnants sound a new liturgy.

 

Lightdead hollows

of abeyant lives

mired in cruelty

 

Christ-squall dawns.

 

 

Gnawn light parts

gaping darkflesh still

 

lamb-hearted

true Presence

mindthorn dissolved

 

made new –

 

Beyond:

 

Christ conducts

the eyesilence of Light

 

and bodies

are Lambpsalms

formed of incense

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