On the Feast of Corpus Christi, A.D. 2017


On the Feast of Corpus Christi, A.D. 2017
The staff with bronze serpent,
the healing purge of the venom,
the water from the rock,
the manna, the calf broken,
the manna, the law given,
the manna, the discipline of disciples,
the followers of a promise,
liberated from captivity
in the desert, survive on manna
and water from the rock.
Having fled from captivity.
Back to the birthright promised land–
again full of murderous idolaters,
surely we are lost should we arrive so soon,
ploughshares and pruning hooks
in hand as settlers
knowing only how
to be whipped and scourged
for more labor and less livelihood

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D. V. Andrews received his M.F.A. in Creative Writing from Saint Mary's College of California and his B.A. in English Literature from Washington University in St. Louis. He has studied under such notable poets as Michael Palmer, Carl Phillips, Mary Jo Bang, Brenda Hillman, Graham Foust, and Christopher Sindt. His poetry represents writing from the Western tradition with the more recent influences from Randall Jarrell, Robert Lowell, and Frank Bidart. He currently may be found wherever the wind wills he go, you hear the sound, you do not know whence it comes or whither it goes.