Academic journal article Anglican Theological Review

Floyd County, Kentucky

Academic journal article Anglican Theological Review

Floyd County, Kentucky

Article excerpt

No lintel to speak of,

but a chicken wire screen

door hinged on twelve-inch

block and lattice, jittering,

wind chimes knelling,

each time a charge grunts-

off-thunder rumbling the hollows.

The masonry had been sound;

shock split the seams: gashes

of mortar where it's been repointed,

caulked sashes.

Number 2 pine gone ashy, fixing

to rot; the dooryard

held in a brazen of peonies,

spindly picket once-white

to corset them, pink-red

like the font in Luke

where Jesus says to John:

... the Son of Man hath not where to lay His head.

Just inside hangs a woman's shawl,

slick, see-through as onion skin;

maybe it's parchment,

scrivened in bodement,

the letters gone to blood. …

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