The Knife of My Desire

Aware that his disciples were grumbling about this,
Jesus said to them, “Does this offend you?”
—John 6:61

.   .   .

Give me a creed that’s raw
Unleavened by balance
Unbuffered by civilities
Raw to the bone

A creed that outrages me
Stuns my sensibilities
Galls my good taste
Flays my moderation

A creed that’s ravenous
And implacable and scrapes
Me alive
Give me contusion

Give me a God
Who never apologizes
For anything
Ever

Who soils milky white
Orthodoxies with spit
And wild disregard
A God who has no ear

For my exceptions
Or soothing balms for
My rebellious brow
Or deals to cut

Give me a blade
To fall on
A sweet injury
that finishes me off

for good.

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