February 17, 2013

Rite


The hands
of the assistant
work quickly,
but by now the pain
has found me,
digging deep,
it cannot be stopped.
The provider
requests implements
in an unknown language,
following an ancient custom
begun long ago
when pain was still
a useful god,
before the idea of suffering
had lost favor,
when many sought purification
through complete immersion,
believing, if they survived,
they would find wisdom,
when they emerged,
begging for mercy,
on the other side.

2/14/13