Treading Water

I am in awe

most of the people I meet at readings

must’ve known Jesus,

walked down those same streets

carried his cross

up to Golgotha

because their words have power

their speech is charismatic

perhaps one of the apostles

recruited them to pen their book in Acts

they couldn’t possibly be from the mean streets

of Gotham

couldn’t know the Batman

or have visited Wayne manor in their Rolls Royce

I am humbled at the mastery of syntax

the quiet juxtaposition



As they deign to glance in your direction

ethereal in their gray

horn rimmed specs

stained teeth

so hard-core

and so frighteningly real.

©10-14-13 Cornelia DeDona

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