Posted by: Ron DuBour | April 13, 2014

Mystery of the Priesthood


Poesy plus Polemics

"The Priest as Cactus Lover" Painting by Karl Schuch From mary-cassatt.org “The Priest as Cactus Lover”
Painting by Karl Schuch
From mary-cassatt.org

what arcana does the poet conceal

beneath wordsmithing ritual robes

what mystic IQ guides his hand

across altars of meter where ink

transubstantiates taking on voice

that incants phonaesthetics

to strains of a metaphor harp


it all comes revealed

by the wide open secret

that poetry thrives on the truth


truth to the self as it lives

breathes and thinks

truth to the self in emotion

and all it imagines

but most of all

truth keeping faith

with the poet’s beliefs


fiction is blaspheming art

accursing the poet

with sacrilege

collapsing his poetry

down into dull

profane prose

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