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Audio: Read by the author. 


from Psalm 22 


My God my God 

      why are you so far from     my groaning 

 my     cry 

      many     encircle me 

 they open     their mouths 


 and     I am poured out 

      bones     heart     breast 

 they stare and gloat over me 

      divide my clothes 

 O Lord 

     save me from 

 my brothers 

      who     eat 



Allison Funk’s sixth book of poems, The Visible Woman, will be published by Parlor Press in 2020. She is professor emerita at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. 

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