You can’t say “Lazarus” without

a little lisp.

Is this why Jesus weeps?

The inescapable “facs”

bring a blush to my cheeks,

and cause color to rise,

creeping like the red creeps through

the veins of a leaf.

There really should be a disclaimer

or a trigger warning: liturgical latin

used throughout.

Repeated facs. You will be fac-ed over.

and over.

The stuffy room feels/is/like one big

corporate, communal, carpeted coffin.

Running into old faces who have gotten older.

These are not called sunflowers because they’re heliotropes

Splitting horticultural hairs,

if you ask me.

But no one does.

But they ask a lot about God.

How can the angels hold their breath,

while awaiting Mary’s yes?

How can God not know

the his proposal will be met

with Fiat?

How does the nervous boy,

sweating through his shirt,

wiping his greasy hands,

know with certainty

his lady will nod her head


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