Spring 2000 • Vol. XXII No. 2 PoetryApril 1, 2000 |

Reading Bibles in Tennessee

Because there is faith they will be replaced I take Bibles from motel rooms and steal cheap souvenirs from towns that remind us to keep Jesus in our summer plans. Because Bibles fit in moth holes they sometimes find their way past clouds in piles of clothes on tractors, and it looks like they're going slower than they are. There are reasons each tractor is eventually abandoned like there are reasons fugitives settle anonymously in Tennessee, like there are reasons for the distant brushfires which char hawks. But interconnectedness is a silly concept when considering Bible editions, or typos, or fugitives watching the same TV cop show simultaneously across midwestern trailer parks. There's no reason why, for example, ferocious engines follow ferocious engines on highways, crops obey a contagious regimen, Bible stories are read and forgotten like the ones before.

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