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Caucasian Nazarene—old triune lord,
who on the lizard-wingèd dog through hell
rode dance-hall drunk, clutching an iron bell
when you were young—let pass another word

of love impossible submerged. Let pass
again within the soiled, alkali-
expiring, beer- and corn- and sausagepie-
and blood- and borscht- and cabbage-fed cuirass

which girds the city at the lake—this snout-
piece of the Great and Modern Swine-o-Drome
of nations; bring to pass what she has shown
me yet again to live without.

may out and yet by every lurid, steel-
ribbed underpass that God may still forget

or government forswear, I swear I feel
I love what we have almost done when I
remember it. And if the days repeal

what’s left (if vestiges there are), when I
have lost the thread of it, I know, beneath
forgetting, that the kiss will sanctify

itself and that the vapor which, like death,
ascends from out the solvent-hollowed skin
of Wacker Drive at night is holy breath

since we at Christmas loved therein.



Greg Sendi is a native Detroiter who lives in the Rogers Park neighborhood of Chicago. His work has appeared widely in literary magazines, among them Briar Cliff Review, Clarion, Consequence, Free State Review, Great Lakes Review, The Masters Review, and Plume.




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