Academic journal article Dialogue : A Journal of Mormon Thought

Drum Major

Academic journal article Dialogue : A Journal of Mormon Thought

Drum Major

Article excerpt

-for Hardy Hatcher

The church's framework swayed in the air.

Inside, big women with big grief

swayed with all their weight inside, and sang

big songs to bloom big flowers

of big women. Their big grief filled

the room, on fire with moaning

big songs to bloom big flowers,

orange on a white casket.

The room burned with moans

of HOLy SPIrit, flaming blossoms,

orange on a white casket, and

we raised our four white hands

with HOLy SPIrit, white-hot blossoms

wilting on black boughs, but

we raised them (only four white hands),

knowing private grief is not enough.

I wilted there against a big black bough,

too distracted to grieve-

Private grief is not enough!

SINGas GOT to SING!

too distracted for grief:

PREACHas GOT to PREACH!

SINGas GOT to SING!

and USHas GOT to USH!

PREACHas GOT to PREACH!

with their elbows, snapping fingers,

and USHas GOT to USH!

couldn't remember him alive,

with his elbows, fingers snapping

music, until I was alone. …

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