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Mary’s Song

The Sunday lamb cracks in its fat.
The fat
Sacrifices its opacity. . . .
 
A window, holy gold.
The fire makes it precious,
The same fire
 
Melting the tallow heretics,
Ousting the Jews.
Their thick palls float
 
Over the cicatrix of Poland, burnt-out
Germany.
They do not die.
 
Grey birds obsess my heart,
Mouth-ash, ash of eye.
They settle.  On the high
 
Precipice
That emptied one man into space
The ovens glowed like heavens, incandescent.
 
It is a heart,
This holocaust I walk in,
O golden child the world will kill and eat.
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