Academic journal article Field

Justice and Mercy

Academic journal article Field

Justice and Mercy

Article excerpt

O bad dream of email announcing straightaway

another dream: do not open this.

I stayed back for a day thinking

it fell across the screen like a veil.

Because there is neither mercy nor justice,

my friend's cells go haywire in the pancreas

sweeping the room of ordinary chit-chat.

What can one say? one says and says like

a circle, or a brick. Did I finally? Open, I mean.

I mean it can't mean that.

Consider how even a lousy lowly virus

spellbinds and draws in the body like

a shaman rearing up before fire as

wolf and tooth, classic

cave drawings wheeling above into

crooked constellations, someone at them once,

oblivious as hope upon hope, steady,

wild to finish, stained by

hardcore mystery: how to do this. …

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