#poem “bless me father”

mom:dad:me

bless me father

for god so loved the world he gave his only daughter

in a flurry of petals descending
bless me father, for i tried
the moment sperm met egg and struck
like flint, a sparking dance, my mother’s eye

god in heaven the crown of thorns she made you wear
and him, and him, and yet another
bless me father, for i tried

ashes to ashes and dust to dust
borne up from the rubble of a france in ruin
called down into a sea of shamrocks

bless me father, for i tried
the way we try to tread the path, angelic
bless me father, for i lied

our fathers who art in heaven
non-hallowed be their names
ashes to ashes and dust to dust
the children born from momentary lust
in parentless paths, forever wandering

bless me father for the wings I wore
the day I knocked upon your door

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