The Mystical Body

you are Jesus
you with the turquoise hair & the badge for equality
you with the shabby shoes & the plodding conversation
you with the Bernie bumper sticker
you who watch the shouters on Fox & gobble up every word
you with the blue-label Smirnoff breath
you with the maxed-out credit-cards
you addicted to Real Housewives & Pringles potato chips
you blaring SiriusXM & running red lights
you sullen-faced bus driver on the 77
you Mickey Dee's cashier smiling at all the chowderheads

you going batshit over the headlines
you fresh-faced barista with the partner named Gwyneth
you lady of Celestial Seasonings with seven cats and 40,000 books
you young man dark and scowling


you are Jesus
with your empty breadbox & your seething brain
with your Diet Coke & bipolarity
with your conspiracy theories & Letters to the Editor
with your suicidal thoughts & Folgers Instant Coffee
with your Netflix fixation & Everest of unwashed laundry
with your Lithium & Clozaril
with your dreams all wrecked & hopes in smithereens
with your Philip Larkin parents handing down the faults they have
with your fundygelical Bible-fascist chapter&versing
with your doctorate from Oxford & your top-secret sex-fetish
with your quenchless thirst & luminous despair 
with your permafrost heart melting in the bleak light of sorrow
with your white nights pierced & sweetened
by the speech of a lonely sparrow





Poetry by Thomas DeFreitas The PoetBay support member heart!
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Written on 2019-03-14 at 05:54

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josephus The PoetBay support member heart!
Thomas your theology is all encompassing. Iíve internalized this within the last few years but practicing it is an entirely different and very elusive matter. Thanks for putting it into words I can use as a beacon.
2019-03-15