15 March 2011

Pastor

Pastor 3/15

Who tends a flock and does not use the milk of the flock?
            1 Corinthians 9:7


Let’s put the image of altar boys
kneeling in darkened rooms
lighting the ends of brass snuffers
putting on endless layers of robes
off to the side

Instead smell
the heavy incense in its thurible
dusting the room in dark smoke
practicing his swing a priest
is whispering memorized passages

The room is wood lined
smelling of old cloth and stone
basements and ancient rites
in medias res
the sound of chiming bells