"dazzle gradually"

"Dazzle Gradually" 2016 poems, paintings, new art & photography--a diary, a discipline, a delight. Read over my shoulder as I post my unedited poetry ---you can see it in the raw.


Polly Alice

Saturday, February 6, 2010

Intinction

Intinction

            I.
On the seaside chapel
breeze blowing through our
cheerful solemnity

we filed forward to
a white porcelain cup.

I grabbed it
he struggled briefly,
but I drank
wine to my lips--

cruising back to
our seats, I noticed
everyone else
was
dipping

            II.

In the towering oven-shaped
chapel
Brennan Manning taught
then lead communion.

I thought you said
he was a hermit sort
six months out of the year

Here’s Jesus, he said
Let’s eat him, I answered
lustily

everyone else
was
silent

            III.

In the Methodist church
on Christmas eve,
we walked to the front

someone gave me
a large piece of bread,

I . . . I had a cough drop in
my mouth
I put the bread in my
pocket, while

everyone else
was
eating

            IV.

In the French Coptic
Monastery I
interpreted three words
of the sermon

My cough stormed
around the stone dome
like thunder

I drank white wine
from a golden goblet

everyone else
was
bored

            V.

In a small apartment
I took the saltine
cracker and chewed
carefully

I sipped the orange
juice
reverently

I bowed my
head to pray.




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