The Ancient Modern

Seven Images of Opposition /  Joshua Alan Sturgill     

     1
The Sun rains his light
equally on forests and on deserts.
Gratitude, not biology
distinguishes leaves from stones.

     2
The Annunciation of Eternal Love
echoes through the Cities of Time,
arresting us with whispers of another world.  
We respond with the clamor of progress
and deafen ourselves with invention.

     3
No word of Christ was spoken
except to His Church. 
Who, then, are the whitewashed tombs? 
Who prissily tithes the dill and cumin? 
Who makes men fit for Hell?

     4
The Spirit hovers over the Water
of the unformed universe
seeking all those ready 
to enter the coming Light

    5
Parables within parables:
the gods’ gilded invitation
to their timeless Feast. 
Our eyes are hungry instead
for cycles, for myths,
for the incessant seven days  

     6
Lazarus came back to tell us:
You can become all flame.
But the way is not easy;
you will need to die twice.

     7
Except to His Church,
Christ spoke no words.
Who, now, is the blind leader?
Who sits in Moses’ seat?
Who calls a midnight council
to pay for the crucifixion of Grace

                      


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

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