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PETER KROK : Roll Call

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Ancient word cast into the bin of the replaced. They buried you some time ago yet here and there you linger in a stray and the mouths of the inflamed. People avoid you like the beggars of Barcelona whose sores bleed through the skin of the world. Few repeat your name or talk about you. Who is to blame conveniently becomes a matter of fingers pointed in another direction. I keep seeing you on a page of the catechism. The milk bottle with the black dots showing the effects of you and the black milk bottle Revealing your total darkness. A sign of the state of the soul and that word too is another outcast. So much becomes a matter of spin. So many heads rolling out of the mounds of the Euphrates and Kabul and the highways of America. What justifies or is justification by faith alone? There is an altar where knees should bend And trespassers should ask for forgiveness. See how black the milk bottle gets.

poetryrepairs #215 15,07:074

Roll Call

From a paper bag a scarved widow offers crumbs. The news from her fingers like a roll call Assembles wings around her knees. Then she goes home to dust.

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