Holy Father Francis


Holy Father Francis
When Francis refused to allow himself
to be the idol that his father had made
in his own mercantile image any longer,
Francis disrobed of all those garments,
bought by his father for the finery of his monetary ways,
left them for a man who had lost his shirt,
and, in humility before the father of souls of that land,
whom Francis’s father had approached to reproach
his son for dishonoring his father’s motives,
uttered, “Now,” having dispossessed himself of even
the thin veil of worldly security that was his clothing
for the sake of the suffering servant,
“may I truly call God my Father”
Upon the hearing, the bishop, father
of souls of that land, robed Francis
in his very own episcopal cope
and permitted Francis to respond
to the call to honor our Father’s will.

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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.