Temple of the Lord

Offering of Blood

Stone buildings built with

hands worn, fingernails ripped

Molded brick

Stained glass windows

blown with hands much

the same

Mother and child

-- holy ghost

Sundays they pass around t

the dish

fill it to the rim

to buy their plot of

after death

-- and fix their stone

brick temple.

Down the street

on a corner

a woman digs through a garbage


for something to feed

herself and child

-- after their meal

she finds a grassy knoll

kneeling down they say a prayer

then find a cold stone corner

to sleep the night.

Robin Coe is a journalist and author. She wrote the fantasy novel "Fly on the Wall" and graphic novel "Illustrated Book of Wrath".

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