A Silence

past parentage or gender
beyond sung vocables
the slipped-between
the so infinitesimal
fault line
a limitless
interiority

beyond the woven
unicorn      the maiden
(man-carved worm-eaten)
God at her hip
incipient
the untransfigured
cottontail
bluebell and primrose
growing wild      a strawberry
chagrin      night terrors
past the earthlit
unearthly masquerade

(we shall be changed)

a silence opens

§

the larval feeder
naked      hairy      ravenous
inventing from within
itself its own
raw stuffs’
hooked silk-hung
relinquishment

behind the mask
the milkfat      shivering
sinew      isinglass
uncrumpling      transient
greed to reinvest

§

names have been
given (revelation
kif nirvana
syncope)     for
whatever gift
unasked
gives birth to

torrents
fixities
reincarnations of
the angels
Joseph Smith
enduring
martyrdom

a cavernous
compunction driving
founder-charlatans
who saw in it
the infinite
love of God
and had
(George Fox
was one)
great openings

[Credit: The Collected Poems of Amy Clampitt (1997), pp. 432-33]

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