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. . Poems Leon Markowicz

. . Poems Leon Markowicz.

Birthday Song

Thecanaryyellowenvelopeatmailcall
arousedtheotherseminarians,
What'stheoccasion?
Yagotme,Iliedandpeekedinat
twoMallardslanding
onaBlessedVirginblue
pondwithalargemouthbass
leapingtogreetthem
undertheswirlingscript
inthesky
HappyBirthday
ToAWonderfulSon
theonlyreminderthat
tomorrow,justanother
dayinthesem,
wasmybirthday,
theseventhsinceanycelebration
withMomandSarah,mysister,
theseventhawayfromWinthropStreet
inDetroit,halfacontinentwest,
mythirdbirthday
withmynewfamily
theCongregationoftheHolyGhost
whomIadoptedwithvowsof
poverty,chastity,obedience
afamilybut
nogifts,notevenahandkerchief,
nothree-layercake
latheredwithangel-whiteicing,
lipstick-redroses,
firstsliceforthebirthdayboy,
nocandles,family,friendstosing
HappyBirthdaytoYou

 

Call Out

threequickrings
inDetroit
HiMait'syourson

What'sthematter?
AreyouOK?only
myfifthcallhome
inelevenyears

I'mleavingtheseminary,
saidoutloudforthefirst
timeimpossibletobreathe
backinthosefatalwords
rehearsedforthreeweeks
afraidtobreakherheart
sixmonths
fromthealtarofGod
heronlysonofferingMass
justforhertopassthrough
thegatesofheavenrepayher
forallthoseyears
sheluggedbushelupon
bushelofotherpeople'swash
intoherhomebought
amangleburnedherright
handironingfaster
andfaster
tokeepmeoutofFord's
RiverRougefoundry

Didyouloseyourvocation?
Lose?likeIlostthosewool
glovesshesentmeforChristmas?
loseasifIactuallyownedit?
loseforevernevertofindagain?

I'mjustnotcut
outforthislife
ain'tthatthetruth
nothingbutthetruth
certainlynot
thewholetruth
silenceaboutthevote
castbyallthepriestsbrothers
seminarians
inperpetualvows
threespareno's
linedupbehindthefirst
blackball

. . Poems Leon Markowicz
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