Magazine article First Things; A Monthly Journal of Religion and Public Life

Revelation

Magazine article First Things; A Monthly Journal of Religion and Public Life

Revelation

Article excerpt

I am soaking in Revelation, in the King James, just before dawn,

The dog snoring in his chair, everyone in the house sick and abed.

Perhaps this is a dangerous idea, reading Revelation before sunrise.

Perhaps I should absorb Revelation with a seat belt and a whiskey.

But there are cracks in the wild lines through which roaring music

Pours in: this saith he that holdeth the seven stars in his right hand,

I know thy works, and thy labour, and thy patience. These children,

Then, the angry one, the wheezing one, the one flying up and away,

You'll keep them in your hand, the hand with the stars? You swear?

Remember therefore from whence thou art fallen and repent and do

The first works; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and remove . . .

No no - no need. I am on task: patience, dishes, laundry, insurance.

I read the fine print on the refinance. / know thy poverties, but thou

Art rich, and well I know that too, my old friend, well I know these

Tumultuous gifts, the woman with the cascading hair, I witness her,

The daughter here for seven seconds before rushing back to college,

I witness her, the sons battling to stay civil as they thrash to be men,

I witness them; I used to be them. …

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