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Short poem

Pier Giorgio Di Cicco (1949-)

he fell into my arms and said


              1he fell into my arms and said
              2"sometimes god takes what we love most. he knows best".
              3i agree.
              4so I made up something as i buried his grandchildren.

              5i said, "god wants us to love him unconditionally";
              6to get too tired to be angry; to love him
              7the way my friend zorab goes into the niagara gorge
              8to look for messages in bottles. he hates god, but finds hope.
              9you get thankful for anything
            10he doesn't take: breath, sight,
            11memory, until they're taken. then you're thankful
            12for death.
            13such gratitude, taking everything for
            14granted, your ski-doos, your anger, sorrow;
            15even fear; you fork
            16over every feeling to him.

            17today i am thankful for anything,
            18even the cold glance of
            19those who do not love me. it's an experience.
            20my novice master used to say he couldn't be
            21hurt anymore. me? i collect every sight and sound i'll
            22miss in my final moment.

            23today i buried four children. i don't know what the weeping
            24was about; i held the
            25grandfather's head to my own, like a
            26horrified brother faced with an
            27unconditional god. it was like holding my own head.
            28his brain, his love, his faith, my own -- and
            29doing what we do best -- living in spite of him.
            30until he opens the screen door and says, come in;
            31the day of streets and leaves is over.
            32lay your head to rest, and put away
            33the likeness of the day.


7] niagara gorge: the deep riverbed carved by the Niagara River, including the Falls, from upper New York State to Ontario in Canada.

14] ski-doos: a trademark name of motorized sleds, equipped with skis instead of wheels, made by Bombardier.

Online text copyright © 2003, Ian Lancashire for the Department of English, University of Toronto.
Copyright The Honeymoon Wilderness 2002 The Manfield Press
Published by the Web Development Group, Information Technology Services, University of Toronto Libraries.

Original text: Pier Giorgio Di Cicco, "Marrying God," IV (excerpt), The Honeymoon Wilderness (Toronto: The Manfield Press, 2002): 43-44.
First publication date: 2002
RPO poem editor: Ian Lancashire
RP edition: 2003
Recent editing: 1:2003/8/10

Rhyme: unrhyming

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