“Slipping the clippers through the telephone wires…”

Cathedral visitors are sometimes confused, even offended, by gargoyles that honor irreverence or depict blatant evil. The suicidal, Gollum-like “Stabber” on the west front isn’t surprised; he knows what he is.


Long live the weeds and the wilderness—yet
What would be left of the wildness and wet
Were it not for the curdle, the canker, the theft
That threaten to render the blessèd bereft?

Our beady-boned eyebulge flits over the burn;
Wily we twitch through the sack-shriveled fern
As the groin-growls enrage us where daggers bite through,
Damning the bloodline that dapples the dew.

Yet rounded in couplets, despair-darksome sneering,
Frown pitchblack poets defy all our leering,
Twindled revisioners burbling like broth,
Donning their Jesuit wind-shriven cloth.

What pumpkin-maws mumble, we ache to express;
Ghouls plunder verses they dare not possess.
Take heed of the unhallowed eyeblight you mourn:
Then know why the saints of the morning were born.

(For all the entries in this series, hit the “looking up” tab.)

2 thoughts on ““Slipping the clippers through the telephone wires…”

  1. Love it. I’m being lazy and not looking — but have these all been in alliterative verse? This is the first I’ve noticed it. Anyway, I love the sinew of your gargoyle poems — they feel old, like their speakers and their speakers’ legendary heritage. Great stuff.


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