Altar

After several months, I was able to complete this piece, enjoy.

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I wrote on your knees
so you would recall my
words

When you held communion
in flop-house confessionals
between the pillars of your legs where,
music is played with your trembling
insides, vibrating like violin
strings

Chiselled your hips with script
hand holders for devotees
spinning them like a prayer wheel
to the metronome of clapping riots,
tongue howling snake charmers
in makeshift tent faith revivals

Where adorers come to
dispose of wedding confetti
gold rings
lay white dresses
at your feet

I’ll be the hanging icon above your altar
blessing your communion with
swaying forgiveness
wound up clock heart
counting time

As you look down
holding ropes of guillotine
pendulums,
cutting spines,
whispering, “more”
through pursed lips
while you trace verses
by fingertip

 

The photograph is licensed under “Wikicommons”, Photographer: Russell Lee, 15 September 1946:
Healing “en:laying on of hands” ceremony in the en:Pentecostal Church of God. Lejunior, en:Harlan County, Kentucky. , 09/15/1946 – hotlinking disabled as per Wiki common courtesy.

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