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Poetry

for the Twelve-foot Tall Dancing Icons of Saint Gregory
of Nyssa Episcopal Church in San Francisco, California

In a church in a city on the edge of the world
The risen Christ dances
Over the heads of the congregants
Who are also dancing

The risen Christ dances
With all the saints—certified or surprised
Who are also dancing
On air, in the cloud-raftered sky of spring

All the saints, certified or surprised
Like stars appearing
In the cloud-raftered sky of spring
This morning of his birth from the tomb

Like stars appearing
To lead us in a simple two-step
This morning of his birth from the tomb
Larger than life, than death, they dance

To lead us in a simple two-step
Over the heads of the congregants
Larger than life, than death, they dance
In a church in a city on the edge of the world.


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