The Sympathy of Angels

Original Text: 

James Arthur. Charms Against Lightning. Port Townsend, Washington: Copper Canyon Press. 2012

1Being of tragic bent
2we incline to the future
3and the past. But we
4see you. We
5see how tired you are
6as you lean on your rifle
7or your shovel.
8We see the fired shells
9and the head they go into.
10We too are shells,
11you too are graves.
12Equally to all men, we
13have nothing to say.
14Adore. We are just. We
15serve a monarch
16in a silk sarcophagus.
RPO poem Editors: 
Jim Johnstone
RPO Edition: 
2013
Special Copyright: 

Poem used with permission of the author.