The Ancient Modern

Orthodox /  Joshua Alan Sturgill                            

To be fully Orthodox,
what terms should you know?

What are the passwords
into heaven, the winks
and secret gestures
that let God know 

you’re of His inner circle?

Nepsis and nousHesychia?  

What about archimandrite or
apocatastasis?  While
amassing saints’ lives
and theological armaments, 

always ask: are they bread
or stones? Will they lift me
into prayer, or bind me
to the pious monks in Hell
who gnash their teeth forever
on these same words?

All poetry and supplementary material: copyright 2022 by Joshua Alan Sturgill. All rights reserved.

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