Omens

I make these in earnest warning when
Each omen, like a stone-tongue
Breath’s rag, puffed and blown into
Your breastknot, your nettled innocence,
Quite frank like a closed pearl,
Molested sea, glint like sirens, staved
Into whale caverns, the ivory town,
Huge as Jonah’s five assassin fingers,
Who made a weapon from an ass’s
Skeleton, walked the sea-sand in the
Toppled sundown, eyelids fastened
On a killing, murder’s sake, dark into
The jaw-bone like an approaching wave,
Wounded the whale skin- the hero’s
Head lies scraped of every legend.

From his mother’s womb, he has a religious
Tongue that laps up the mud, love’s
Anatomist with the righteous beads,
Saves the hopeless with their inch-taped
Lips from the Roman rank and hood; his
Cross to bear- buried in sacrificial linen,
Sewn with black venom’s thread; resurrected,
For all the dead ascend, summoned up by the
Breath-white, curtained mouth of forgiveness.

These blind eyed lepers breathe a wind of
Vision, their cauldrons rooted, fume like a
Dead Sea; toss in the burning crows feet,
The crumpled packs of toads, the rindless
Hares, beat the cobwebbed drums; pour it
On the terrible world of their brethren’s skin-
One rood dropped down like stacked cards,
A dismal pyramid, ruins filled with rooms of
Errors, the rock shroud in a sharp wind.

The burning bush with its loud fire, written
Tablet scriptures, and the Jesus ghost,
Mild as a pardon, delivered to the Moses
Man on a hailing hill covered with cold
Flintsteps; his words lost to the limp,
Uneating silence and the locked tents;
These are his contraries cast in stone.
The golden beast follows in its molten
Flight up cinder-nesting columns of
Nonbelievers, the starved herd; they walk
The warring sands sprawled to ruin,
Bray with the jawbone of an ass; seek to
Hang with beheaded veins for murder’s
Sake- the noose in a sun-gloved hand.
They have picked the live heart of a savior.

Omens

52 comments on “Omens

  1. NZain says:

    Lance I read this slowly I didn’t want it to end!

  2. crazywitch25 says:

    Interesting way of seeing the world! Wonderful.

  3. weedjee says:

    The other side of the world… a thing is sure nice reading… omen must be real!

  4. Thanks for your beautiful words, Lance !

  5. Wonderful post, good to know you .

  6. ssfrerking says:

    Wow, incredible as always!

  7. Amazing! Wonderful! Magnificat! Thank you so very much Lance for great works!

  8. rabirius says:

    This is fantastic, Lance.

  9. This took some reading and loved it, about the life Jesus. Moses did not realise what he was given and nor did he enforce the laws of God but made excuses for those who could not abide. The white robes made for Jesus’ burial were sewen with cursed and evil thread, they brewed many an evil stew to try and destroy Jesus but failed but finally evil won with the crucifixion of Jesus the spear or the murder weapon created from an asses skeleton the final discord of the times.

  10. Devon Brock says:

    As always, pounding imagery. I am particularly taken with “jawbone of a wave” – juxtaposing states of matter. That is one your very many strengths. And this to me, is one of the strongest of your I have read – biblical in scope, and in the dire language of Revelations. Well done. Solid holiday cheer.

    D

  11. francisashis says:

    Sir,hats off to you for your great art of writing. Thank you very much for sharing. 🌹🙏

  12. You paint a vivid portrait of the perversion many have made of religion — all the while, overlooking the mercy of God. Wishing you a very Merry Christmas, Lance! Your talent is a gift to the rest of us all year long.

  13. neseknows says:

    Amazing piece, it inspires me to try and give my best work every time I post!

  14. murisopsis says:

    The imagery is powerful and woven in a high thread count – had to read it twice to absorb it all. I’m left breathless. Thanks for sharing this one!

  15. lampmagician says:

    Reblogged this on lampmagician and commented:
    Just be aware 🙏❤🙏

  16. lampmagician says:

    Great poem as always dear Lance, honoured and thanks 🙏🙏👍

  17. Have a Happy and Healthy New Year, Lance!

  18. Fall Fraust says:

    Each line is a vivid voyage. So strongly written and an immersive, fascinating read.

  19. Lia says:

    Incredible artistry in words throughout the poem… “Your breastknot, your nettled innocence, / Quite frank like a closed pearl,”- wow, fairytale in 11 words, amazing.

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