Monday, 19 December 2011

Legacy of the 7th Commandment

The Catholic Church wrote vistas in the sky.
Naked cherubs with wings fly around clouds,
babies sit in laps of virgin mothers,
chaste white marble, alabaster, granite

beliefs are slung with arrows from priests’
mouths, till pants sag as a naked mole rat
burrows, does not pay the toll at each stop,
but chisels chips on tombstones of the youth,

who are not cremated – their bodies caught
on thorns. One spike, then another, pierce hard
as boys serve the wine, chew on bread wafers,
chew on graven stones, as they are impaled,

money thrown on the table as the plates
are passed, while chaste johns toil, disinfected
by white collars, white pages in large books
of words with gelt edges, under windows

that are stained, and have hard glass with leaden
frames – witness to turns and twists of young,
bodies whipped, stolen by ghosts in the clouds.
They are no longer virginal cherubs.

©  Lavinia Kumar

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Lavinia Kumar lives in New Jersey. Her family includes a variety of cultures and immigrants. Her poetry has appeared in Waterways, Thatchwork (Delaware Valley Poets), Orbis, US1 Worksheets, and more.