Academic journal article Anglican Theological Review

Lucy in the Sky

Academic journal article Anglican Theological Review

Lucy in the Sky

Article excerpt

They have gone down into old earth

to prepare their motorways and have discovered

bones; yellow-big engines with their jaws and augers

move in sway-time on a scaffolding of skulls; like sods

of dried out turf, the scapulas of biped hominids

are unearthed; what makes us human, we are told, is laughter

and walking upright: Pithecus, and Peking Man Erectus,

and they found Lucy, of Ethiopia, one forearm hone

reaching from the soil, forty percent of her

raised skyward in tentative resurrection. And he, the Christ,

they raised him skywards and hammered him in,

bones stretched and shattered on the hill of skulls,

they put him under earth where we, too, marginalia,

will lay us down inside the calcium honeycombs, longside

the Jesus body, the Jesus bones, resurrections that a slight

contemporary breeze might whisk out of our seeing.

So, set Lucy upright, cautiously, dust out the orifices

of heard melodies, of sand-marrow; clean between the teeth

and snuff dust out from the nostrils; think of eyes that have absorbed

the light of summers, of a brain that has stored truths and trivia. …

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