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I Give a Convincing Sermon

I give a convincing sermon. I say The body
is a coat. It is a very dark and heavy coat
but worthless
. Mother Mary nods from the pews.
If I give Mary all my atoms she will plant them
in a garden where ripened women relinquish
their bones to make room for littler women.
It is dangerous to grow accustomed to a garden.
Just when the flowers soften you, they disappear.
Then you are a weepy fern among skyscrapers.
I don't want my soul exposed like that.
Neither can you make a garden stay. Don't even try.
Every plot becomes a dark city over time.
I have collected many dark ideas over time.
I have so many ideas they are a second coat.


Copyright © 2012 by Melissa Broder. Used with permission of the author.


Melissa Broder

Melissa Broder is the author of Scarecrone (Publishing Genius, 2014). She lives in Venice, California.


Date Published: 2012-10-05

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