Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Private Mass

Private Mass

take a shot of whiskey
or say a prayer
good as any priest
no need for altar boys
a woman will do fine
if she's between
16 and 49
with eyes and a smile
and a body
that all say
"Take me
I'm all yours
and you're all mine
I'm all you
could ever want
to know or fuck"
you take another
shot of whiskey
say another prayer
and break bread alone
at the kitchen table
near the window
where street lights
look in and stare
outside is
the sound of crickets
and alley cats
and occasional
cars
but here all is
holy
and
a glow

--Joseph Farley edited Axe Factory for 24 years. His books include Suckers, For The Birds and Longing for the Mother Tongue (March Street Press).

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