Another Set of Figures
for God and for You, Also Me
by David Wright

God is the Sun & we are large grasshoppers, sizzling

     beneath the biblical sky


Or the Lord is the Grove of Oaks & we are the diligent

     stupid squirrels in the fall, our dumb jaws

     full of the seeds of other gods


Or the Divine is the Lion and you are the gazelle

    outrunning Him, or the other gazelles,

     until it turns night


I am the fish & God is both Net & Knife,

     to catch & filet me clean open my gut

     to see what I have devoured


Or I am the leavings of dung along a trail,

     & you too are as a pile of shit


& Great God is the Wolf, the Bear leaving us

     to mark the darkened way


David Wright teaches creative writing and American literature at Monmouth College (Illinois). His poems have appeared in Image, Ecotone, Poetry East, and Artful Dodge, among many others. In 2003, he was awarded an Illinois Arts Council Fellowship for poetry. His most recent poetry collection is The Small Books of Bach (Wipf & Stock, 2014).



Photo Credit: Ryan Rickrode


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