52 SONGS

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

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

1. "Ash-cross over eyes don't burn"


Ash-cross over eyes don’t burn
the sinner like a wood cross on

a bloodsucker's white breast do,
branding shadow where the symbol lit.

Instead, appearing as x-marks-
the-spot, mind-renewal drags off of

front-lobe habit-action: church
on the first Wednesday of forty days

of nothin’. The finger dipped
into gray temperatureless salve

analogues Christ’s in dust the
woman waiting for death stands on.

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