POETRY: We Will Now Hear The Word Of God From Each Of Our Beloved Chaplains by Daniel Berrigan

We Will Now Hear The Word Of God From Each Of Our Beloved Chaplains by Daniel Berrigan

1.

Rev Stump is believe it or not for real
as a stump to a grown tree
so he to the verdant gospel
this corpulent burgher this fictitious
rubbery stamp Stump
a huckster’s a hack’s gospel
Stump wormwood miles of smiles

2.

the priest an irish caricature wheels up
in his Cadillac each a.m. an alderman
to a cobbler’s funeral we the dead faces
his asperges hisses on have yet
like Lazarus in hell
one cold Christian curse
bestowal, blessing

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