Treading Water in an Icy Pond

Most of the people I meet at readings and on forums

must have known Jesus,

carried his cross

up to Golgotha.

Perhaps one of the apostles 

Luke or John 

recruited them as scribes for Paul’s book of Acts.

I pause to reflect on the mastery of syntax

quiet juxtaposition 

also, the implicit comparison

as they deign to glance in my direction

ethereal in their gray 

horn-rimmed spectacles

so hardcore and so zealously real.

Cornelia DeDona 1-2-19

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