O, viejas de negro!
How you line the front pews
at Catholic masses
like pushers sitting on street curbs,
rolling rosary beads—
like pills of black-tar heroin—
between jonesing fingers,
craving your next fixes of salvation,
visiones de Dios.
Such beastly things
behind those lifeless veils of pitch!
Those guttural mumbles
under respiraciones y lenguas,
drunk with righteousness,
acrid and rank
with the smell of death
and the sour of Communal wine.
Spells of atonement, maybe?
Curses of chastity?
Oraciones por mi?
Oh, I think not! (Creo que no!)
Why shouldn’t our ecstasies—
in all their corporal glory—compare?
Aren’t Heaven’s truths just as easily scried
of gas-streaked street puddles…
…the glorious freckles of smooth, bare backs and shoulders…
the shapes left behind in dampened sheets the morning after?
O, divine geomancies!
How I love
our alchemy—the transmutations
of magnificent bodies of light
and living streams that shimmer hot and wet,
setting skin and lips
(nuestra piel y labios)
All that is good is gold,
but nothing gold can stay*
for even the most treasured of God’s sparrows
fall from flight,
upon the holy stabs of His Electric Crown of Thorns.
So, let’s dwell on patches of fragrant grasses
and sip (not sin) from our gardens’ springs
O, sacred elixir!
partaking of flesh and blood—
devouring, ‘til all is gone,
against shadows of cold piety
cast by dark, ringless Brides of the Lord,
before the hues of the day bleed away
into pale shades that
powder and crumble to dust
under the gravity of God’s thumb
©David Estringel all rights reserved
*Line taken from Robert Frost’s “Nothing Gold Can Stay” (1923)
David Estringel is a poet and writer of fiction, creative non-fiction, & essays. His work has been accepted and/or published by Specter Magazine, Literary Juice, Foliate Oak Magazine, Terror House Magazine, Expat Press, 50 Haikus, littledeathlit, Down in the Dirt Magazine, Route 7 Review, Setu Bilingual Journal, Paper Trains Literary Journal, The Elixir Magazine, Soft Cartel, Harbinger Asylum, Briars Lit, Open Arts Forum, Cajun Mutt Press, Former People Journal, The Ugly Writers, Writ in Dust, Cephalopress, Twist in Time, Merak Magazine, Salt Water Soul, Cherry House Press, Subterranean Blue Poetry, Printed Words, Sunflower Sutras, Tulip Tree Publishing, Salt Ink, PPP Ezine, Digging through the Fat, Haiku Journal, Foxhole Magazine, The Basil O’Flaherty, Three Line Poetry, Agony Opera, Siren’s Call Ezine, Alien Buddha Press, Synchronized Chaos, Pantheon of Poesy, The @baffled Haiku Daily, Blood Moon Rising Magazine, The Blue Nib, Fishbowl Press, Horror Sleaze Trash, Rigorous Magazine, Corvus Review, Spillwords.com, Proletaria Journal, Cherry Magazine, Bleached Butterfly, Poetry Pea (Haiku Pea), Sub Rosa Zine, TL;DR Press, Spit Poet Zine, Arthut, ICOE Press, Logos, Z Publishing, Outcast Magazine, Ponder Savant, Impspired Magazine, Drunk Monkeys, The Poetry Question, Headline Poetry, Forever Endeavour, Queer As In Fuck You!, Claredon House Publications, Poetizer, Channillo, and The Good Men Project. He is currently Poetry Editor at Fishbowl Press and The Elixir Magazine, a Fiction Editor at Red Fez, and Artist in Residence at Cajun Mutt Press and The Elixir Magazine. David’s first book of poetry and prose Indelible Fingerprints was published by Alien Buddha Press in April 2019. David can be found on Twitter (@The_Booky_Man) and his website at http://davidaestringel.com.