The blank expressions, dull eyes, of each face
May lead you to believe they have no soul,
whereas their death and rebirth made them whole
united corpse and spirit in one place.

Their bodies punish sinners, free them too
to see the living God and serve His will.
It’s Him who pulls them from the grave to kill
to tear apart, and bite, and gnaw, and chew.

His servants work their fingers to the bone.
Killing the clock around. It’s how they pray
watching the movements of His face each day
He whispers that he knows them for His own.

And we pray too – we hope they’ll pass us by
that only unbelieving sinners die.


About rozkaveney

Middleaged, trans, novelist, poet, activist
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  1. anef says:

    That’s really interesting. Weird and creepy and unexpctedly spiritual.

    PS Call me old-fashioned but I would prefer “It’s *He* who pulls them from the grave to kill”.

    • rozkaveney says:

      We can say ‘ It is I’ but we certainly don’t say ‘It’s I’. Similarly we don’t say ‘It is me’ but do say ‘It’s me’. Things are not as clear-cut with the third person, but that’s my reasoning…

      • anef says:

        Oh, I know it’s current usage, but I find it jarring. The whole way through “Wolf Hall” I was being thrown out of the Elizabethan world because the author kept using “me” where the historical characters would have used “I”.

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