52 SONGS

...the letter killeth, but the spirit giveth life...

Friday, March 7, 2014

3. "rend your hearts, not your clothing"


rend your hearts, not your clothing
says the LORD in Joel, impeccably
barbered and clean-shirted
at his desk where he sits near my office.
Lately sporting earbuds—“podcasts,”
he tells me—our hellos are made of nod
and finger gun. Who isn’t undone
by day into day into weeks neverending,
of work that’s the same as it was and shall be?
No one, one’d say. Eyeing an evening of drinking,
in Joel-the-living-lectionary, as is everyone
breathing, the LORD saith much.

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