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Grey Sparrow Journal

Issue 30, July 31, 2017
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Meditation 80

 

There shall always be bread

on the table.

The trouble comes

in the intricate pattern

of packaging:

which man carries the blue cloth,

who is in charge

of the red

and who lays the purple

over the altar.

It’s a holy mystery of course

but I’m betting

it’s the women

who deal with the ashes.


-Anne Brooke

Meditation 81

 

In his hands

the priest holds

a bowl of bitter water.

It contains the whispered suspicions

your husband brings to bear

upon you.

Drink then

and be filled

with all the pain

your body can imagine,

tasting still the small streams

of secret joy

only you remember.

 

-Anne Brooke