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absolution - formal release from guilt, obligation, or punishment

pardon once granted
was snatched it flies
away in the palm
of a crow-claw
              I
ordain              myself
declare:                        no Bronze Age-god
will shriek        my bones
to blushing, self-loathing dreck

                           *

Forgive me, father

for I have sinned

My dreams are wet

My sheets are laden

                           *

Come thick, come hot
Come slick with spit

Come eager-fingered
Come lip, toe, armpit.
Posted 08/24/17
This poem appears in THE BOOK OF DEFINITIONS, my beautiful new chapbook. Available now from Atomic Theory Micro Press!
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