Dogs 2009

NATIVITY
(12/22/09)


born under
a summer star
of post hoc prophesy
in between Buddha
and Allah's Prophet

you were neither
original
nor final
but still reign
in your division
of human
hope

many hang
on your cross
of contrivance
suffering
for deliverance
misunderstanding
your exhortations
to save themselves
every day
by their own
actions

if not
reborn continually
in the hearts
and souls
of your followers
your crucifixion
was in
vain

perhaps
you should have spoken
more clearly

parables
while folksy
are definitely not
the best way
to save
an unimaginative
flock

miracles
while flashy
distract
the distractable
from true
intent

instead
they wait
for special days
to practice
your principals
and emulate
their messiah

they wait
for your return
as did your disciples
when in fact
you never
departed

they wait

your apparent
non-appearance
an excuse
to revel
in every level
of human
folly

I know
that you
are there

take off
your death mask
and dance
the Christmas
dance