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Temple of the Lord

Updated on August 8, 2011

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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