• Naming the Gospel


    and soon.

    Not in Halifax, not in Manitoba,
    Not even in Golconda, not in St. Louis.

    We were supposed to have some kind of category,
    A classification

    A name for a business,
    a franchise –

    Something lucky. As if it’s a formula,
    as if fortune is concocted

    and soon.

    They will find us, command us to kneel
    to their god – Buddha, Christ,
    Allah, Nostradamus, Abraham Lincoln,
    Holy Earl Grey Of the North Scones.

    Our mouths will remain sealed,

    Maybe in Baclayon,
    In Loboc,
    Maybe in Mandaue, or even in Mactan

    and soon.


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