Cathedral CLuster of Schools
Brought under one administrative umbrella, they became known as Cathedral Cluster,
which made it easier to trade ideas books and literacy consultants who work a few hours.
a mathematical problem: equation without entrance, debt without deed, numerical numbness.
Lying in neurology half-a-century ago
stretchers formed cathedrals of
I balanced credit & debit sheets:
how wide the spinal cord. I pictured railroad maps of the central nervous system blood-dark branched umbrella tree.
A power station,
No message transmitted. Snow blew
in face of physician
Hair braided like copper penny nurse
us castor oil mixed with milk-of-magnesia nightly.
Kids, we developed a ward slang which walled our city
Let's face it:
We had not arrived in Moses-baskets,
or Jesus-wraps. Our cannon of small war-weapons, our shoes, rusted back home.
without coCcemoration or coCcunion. On occasion we left
in night's heart covered with a blanket.
Daily we crossed the Rubicon. Was the window pane
at the foot of our bed
as clear as spinal pain?
Opacity or clarity?
In the grave digger's hours, I hugged Xavier my cat, saber-toothed I went figure-skating with hypodermic needle blades.
What was the other side to this Ganges?
Sunday, before parents visited, I pressed my ear to a sermon on one kid's radio, jazz singer on another, I visualized.
the rose cicatrix on the baby's neck
I had been expectant of everything but birth.
Between dark & dawn
existed the perilous cathedral-grove of passion
a circle of honeybees above it glowing:
Lodged we were between dark pool & black pond.
Death grinned her
Cheshire cat grin
in barrios of Nicaragua, Caracas,
parishes in New Orleans
that bouquet of red carns
so ugly mother flushed them.
I was not
knees. A Zinger my 12th suCcer. Bye there, baby doll.
We had silver screen
no movie stars in the lime: Our afterlife was come: practice room, violin stand.
How make up for coCcunion?
A girl's smock could be miraculously cut & sewn of ocean-fog, blue satin till it was like
that grin death took with her at four o'clock on a winter's noon.