Winter 1946 • Vol. VIII No. 1 PoetryJanuary 1, 1946 |

Man with a Beard

Like any heretic who interrupts ancestral singingFor a transitory performance, a one night stand,The bearded entertainer put his suitcase downAnd cut the crowd to ribbons in the morning sun. O sweet the sight that morning and the sound of morning bloodSpreading on the cobblestones, spreading on the air,O sly was morning's magic with the breast laid bareAnd the entertainer smiled because the trick was good. For none could fit the sundered flesh when he had goneAnd, terrified, they looked for him and called out to be saved,And all the magic vanished and the blood upon the airWashed the hallelujahs clean for God's bright ear.

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