Although Pam's House Blend is not known as a place for poems, I have one that I'd like to share. As someone who lived in a Biblically Induced Coma for two decades, I've needed to come up with creative ways to recover. Comedy, writing plays and poetry have been a tonic to help me detox from fundamentalism.

According to Webster's:

Ramshackle:   1  : appearing ready to collapse : rickety   2  : carelessly or loosely constructed (a ramshackle plot)  

Ramshackle

sniff, sniff, paw, paw, nibble, Crunch, chew, chew, chew.
sniff, sniff, paw, paw, nibble, Crunch, chew, chew, chew.
sniff, sniff, paw, paw…stretch.
Stretch
(choice bits in this thicket)
S t r e t c h
thick, Thick, thicket.
reach, push, press, STAMP!
nibble, Crunch, chew chew, chew.

Abraham thrusts his ancient sinewy arm into the thorny bush.
His saggy skin catches like cheesecloth on barbed wire.
From behind he clamps onto the Ram's musky mane, greasy with testosterone.

Sweat.
Adrenaline.
Blood.
Holiness.

Ribbons of welts encircle the child's flesh.
Rope burns sear Isaac, brand him.
Father with son heave the seething carcass onto
the smoldering mound of brush and twigs,
A disheveled altar to appease an insatiable god.

 

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peterson toscano