When the Father and the Son reach agreement,
she appears—eyes open as a snake
in dead noon, head grooving side to side.
The message: There are three of me.
We are bodies, not men. We dance
to break each other.
Suckling at the clouds is not her business.
She is the drool the dog drops. The miracle—
she spills on her shirt. When you hear
the schoolbell and hightops streaking,
she is the open hallway after, the half-cracked
locker, tipped bin, plastic bottle dribbling.
She speaks through prophets disguised
as people asleep in the park—her speech,
Should you outlive your life? wanders
to the backyard where devil’s ivy
vines the gutter grates. In rain, she is that
which pours. In drought, she is the river’s
drop to creek. What I’m telling you
is that she empties herself. She empties herself
until she becomes power.
Mrs. God Goes to Church
People all buttoned up on the kneelers bow
and Mrs. God stands at the back wall
arms over chest like a principal catching kids
red in the act of poorly drawn genitalia
on the girls’ bathroom mirror. “Ave Maria”—
who? “Maria.” Who? Who coughs
the stars into light? Who is dark matter?
The priest pours wine that tastes like
courtly gestures. People bow
and the black heart of church lights up.
Who stood the tornado up?
Who brought the sun down?
Rattling legos in a plastic bag
a boy gathers himself under a pew
and does not stand, sit, kneel, and
it is music to Mrs. God’s ears.
You who bow to the flies
kissing the heads of choir members,
the holy water slurped by a bat,
the subsequent burp, the robe sweat
and light up sneakers
ripping through the prayer aisle—
you who start the ceremony with
“I do not know what to do” and end
“I do not know what to do”—please,
you belong to Mrs. God. Come backward.
Mrs. God Exercises the Right to Refuse Deliverance
It all started with yoga women
preaching the emptiness of being
in their thousand-dollar voices
smelling of lavender wearing lavender
Lululemon and Mrs. God stood up
and said, I won’t with them. And
then the computers going Human?
Human? Prove it! with a mosaic
of blurry boats and which one is a
sailboat? Mrs. God is not human
by way of motorbus. The bicycles
do not know who she is. Jesus,
she said, this is the last cookie
I will accept. The final horizon
was a help line oaked with options
all dead-ending in: how
can I help you? It was here on hold
that Mrs. God said to the Lord, Not
everyone is coming to the land
of hush. They who will not be led
are plastic streets on which
I will not be driving.
You’re Trying to Grasp Mrs. God
but she is not graspable. The lucky
stand under her
as under a ferris wheel
whose baskets drip old rain and
scattered voices that call to you in
your first language—
you lost it, didn’t you
when the holes appeared
in your ears, when you filled them
with metal, when your whole mouth
If only you
or your mother
or her mother
What is there to understand
about a large animal passing in the night?
What is there to know about elk
absorbed in fog, then there, grazing—
so physical you can almost taste
their grass, almost feel the cricket
wings coming apart in your teeth.
She has nothing to do with you.
She could kill you. Without her
you would die.