By Michael Heller
Seven times a day I praise you for your righteous laws — Psalm 119 Canonical hours, hours according to law when the world stops for a pause that sometimes befalls us. Remember, it was the ancient Jews who made these hours, hours that were old before Calvary, those oldest matins, lauds and terce. Dante invoked…
POEM: ‘In Paris’
The Place de la République’s outdoor cafe, white wine in a glass so thin it blurs realms with the greenery, and with a statue patina-ed bronze, its plaque too far to read, dull-lettered, pigeon-marked, possibly a thesis on history. Yet the student lesson for today was the bomb at Boulevard St. Michel, and the tourist’s…
The descendant kings rule over rock-strewn littoral, banked clouds, hyssop hills of Jordan, a shimmer that concedes hope, which is bound unto the other, to the sheer indecipherability of landscape. Believe — some god behind the edged shrubs, the pebbles, and near flat glassiness of sea. Human need contracts, matters little. Curls of viscous foam…
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