Monday, October 11, 2010

poem: macan tutul

(Yesterday's Gospel reading from Luke told of the ten lepers who approached Jesus on his way to Jerusalem. I heard "ten leopards" at first and knew it would have to be used somewhere.)

10 leopards

scything through the towns he'd

sent them to:

algebraic steel bristling

at the day's next

victim, wondering

through which door,

down which throat,

salvation waits.

the river towns were

riotous with their hunger:

a greed no night

could squander,

and he -


till one

might obey -

for whose slaughter

was he asking?

what thighbone

would complete

his sense of One,

the abacus

scratched across a lingering




Blogger Dee Martin said...

We had the same Gospel reading lol - I wish I had honed in on ten leopards. Would have given me a whole new perspective on Luke (which is my favorite book - world upside downness rampant!) Have a great day at the instituto. We had storms come through and school is delayed 2 hours. Not complaining :)

7:52 AM  
Blogger murat11 said...

Dee: Not complaining down here, either: school's out for the globe-trotting Genoan. Not enough Italians up your way?

8:41 AM  
Blogger Teresa said...

No holiday for us today. Love the picture of the snow leopard and the ravenous deliciosity of your 10 leopards poem. 10 leopards sent out to preach a very interesting gospel...

9:13 AM  
Blogger Dee Martin said...

only the bistro in Clarksville :) We started school so late because of the construction of the new high school, holidays are sparse this year. Even the two teacher work days are scheduled for Saturdays to get our required number of days in. Still, a 2 hour delay is nice, especially on a Monday. It also usually means hyped up kiddos for the rest of the day though.

9:28 AM  
Blogger murat11 said...

Teresa: I love your encapsulation of the poem entire. They wuz hungry for the Lord.

California pissed C. Columbus didn't make it all the way to the west coast?

2:47 PM  
Blogger murat11 said...

Dee: Semi-snow day in October. Nice. Thanks for sending the cooler air down this way.

2:48 PM  

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