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Of Gods and Deities
By C. L. Romer
used to count the ways
in which she said God!
and found worth in that sucking gasp
of ecstatic aching collapse
found miracles amid her breathless soul
the ways he could coax her to the lilting edge
how fast she came to her savior
the climactic resurrection
ceased her proclamations
converted, found a new god
whose name she gasped with too similar air
was no longer her saving grace
the panting existence of love
his faith lost he tried new deities, wore different mantels
fittingly ill on his now raw beaten body
sought a new word for god
committed, flagellated, confessed
Oh air! Oh Spiritus Sanctus!
Can transubstantiation exist for a fallen man?
pierced her nails to someone else’s palm
claimed stigmata for another savior
found a new way to prostrate, genuflect
cross, uncross, in nomine patri, repent
felt the space for his missing rib
the stub, that broken bit,
given so quickly for the cause
and heard an echo begin to thunder in his chest