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your worship :: val vinokur

by on March 29, 2016

I am your pilgrim, who wanders
to stay home; your monk,
who keeps silent when you demand
confessions and theology.

You are too difficult to love
directly; you have no roof
or floor, and I am too pious
for your rain and mud.

So I keep your shrine, the best of you,
the clean, the smiling rest of you.

I am a stubborn priest, who knows
himself
only in the dwindling oil of you,
the weeping and rebellious flame
about to die.

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