day 14: holiness

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Holiness

 

Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you. (Luke 10:19)

 

Snake handlers

do not worship snakes.

 

You hold out my tongue

and feed me strychnine from a dropper

in an attempt to remove

 

my muscles from my flesh.

Nothing shall by any means

 

hurt you. I try to latch onto scripture

with my two thick teeth,

 

inject it with a precious venom.

You try to teach me God’s language

 

with your tongue, but I am

more interested in what comes after

my body, the possibility

 

of life without blood,

inside the echoing toll of a bell.

 

For now, you reach inside

and fill your hands with sin,

 

quick devil curse of the Pentecost.

You have few words but prayer for the body.

 

We dance on our hems for hours

until holiness intervenes.

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