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by kvennarad

I

It is said that when the prophet
Mohammed, peace be unto him,
first received the revelation from

God, he feared he was going mad,
and it was his wife who reassured
him; also that he cut his sleeve

rather than disturb one sleeping
kitten; you, on the other hand, are
not responsible for the flowers;

“I live in a world of pretty horses,
tanglewoods and tangerines, bells,”
said the girl, a cry of sunshine;

Satan is not called the father of
lies because he is a liar, but because
he cannot lie; he reveals the truth

to us, and in awe of the truth we
can only lie; you, on the other hand,
find yams for blind, and petries;

II

“Peach, paygold,” moonlight gloss,
swirl of romany gesture, “Chances,
a raw test, persimmon, ambers, a;”

God created evil* in order to free
us, thus every day he suffers the
pains of childbirth; reason is a

good and faithful servant but a
tyrant king; last night a woman
dreamed of Jesus, as she lay on

a grey shore, wooden strakes
that were a boat thrust into the
sand, and she woke up a mother;

the two things are unconnected,
but her life became a posy, briefly,
until her butterfly child fled;

Day 1, an emperor resigns his crown,
gives it to the first man he meets;
Day 2 the crowned revolutionary

III

walks into air, meets two entities,
one with a blue face, the other with
an elephant’s head, thinks no more;

a wise woman says that when we
pray we bother ourselves and are
deaf to the voice of any deity; a

revolutionary woman refuses to
take a gun that has belonged to her
enemies from the hand of a donor

who kneels before her, saying that
to do so would be to dishonour
her dead comrades, and that the

act of offering shames the donor;
nevertheless the donor continues
to kneel and offer; the revolutionary

woman suffers a nosebleed,
gathering men around her, but
the donor continues to kneel.

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* Amos 3:6 “Shall there be evil in a city and the LORD hath not done it?”

jupiterThis poem was started as a project for International Women’s Day 2017, but grew into something else. It is markedly different in tone from my current crop, but it is what it is.
MM.

 

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