amos is a civil war veteran, former slave




echoes

 

samuel preaches 

new testament on sundays

amos listens   

 

but when alone   smoke from his pipe 

drifting skyward 

to mingle with passing clouds   

 

sheep safely grazing the meadow below

air clear and chill

he prefers old testament   

 

hears the ring of truth   

his truth 

can relate to moses in a way he cannot to jesus

 

jesus was many things   

he was not a slave

then there are the psalms   

 

and the song of songs to still the echoes

of muskets and moans

 

 

 

 

 

 

 





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Written on 2021-07-20 at 05:08

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Steven Riddle The PoetBay support member heart!
I love the sly allusion here “Sheep may safely graze” (a Bach cantata, correct?), and of course the very name of it. Of course Amos would prefer the old testament. It provides a very clever sort of humor to a very fine poem. Thank you.
2021-07-20