April 15, 2009

Brothers and Sisters

We're out in the desert
killing fig trees with curses,
passing around bottles,
telling stories we've heard
of eternity, lies, and fortune.

Pretty soon
we'll be in that sheltering room
around a table with bread and whiskey
holding eternity, lies, and fortune at bay
with all our collective strength.
Thursday fortifies us for what comes -
burning, shadows, death, and beyond -
but that's tomorrow.

"Today, take this from me,
as I receive from you in turn.
Take this now, and in the future,
when you partake again,
remember me kindly.

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