Christ-priest friar two finger benedictus summer is
violent adolescent blood and lilies. And the lark.
He–fickle dreaming clown and bursting
codpiece. Flowery snake and fool,
thou or I. Whispering tears
into a willing cochlea.
Salt copper in the air streaks town wall flowers
and a holy gaping bell-mouth robe. She—
inviolate basilica and fecund temple,
bankrupt heart. Profaned pilgrim,
blade and bridal bier for two.
The rest is fog.
Richard Manly Heiman lives on the west slope of the Sierra Nevada mountains. He works as a substitute teacher, and writes when the kids are at recess. His work appears in Bop Dead City, After the Pause, Spirit Fire Review, and elsewhere. He is a 2016 Pushcart nominee. His URL is www.poetrick.com.