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September 5, 2011 Verse Daily
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St Saint

Even my dreams won’t reveal you,
though the hand wants its scepter.

Instead, the sublimity of backdrop,
All Hallows, solemn close of paschal cabinets,

wounded stare, the all-out decking of box stores.
Fa la la, la la. O beloved departed, la-la, la-la,

obligate me, after work, a long day in a body,
passing beneath blooded lintels, maples, red oaks —

interpreters, I might be so bold to call them —
to sing in sacrifice, from century to century.

Your story is not mine, of course,
to tell. But the world is ingot-cast

cinders now & this hour already a beyond.
What weary head doesn’t crave its nimbus?

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