Summer 2011 • Vol. XXXIII No. 3 Poetry |

The Soldier on Routine

We are living with the young Christ   in the Green Zone. Even we who are not He suffer hands tugging our hems, though our minds select the bodies   we see. Young Christ is dual, but what of Him is like us is, like us, taken in by order: the roof and walls,   the roof and walls, inside which we sleep— boot scuffs and dust, the white floors wiped clean. He does not eat some days, and so too   we choose, and can. It's not that this isn't hell, though the lamp-switch lights long into the night. If we could name   the mindframe sight, the body wall, a solid feature with a latch, through which we exit, armored, to disorder, that is, Ur—   the original being, or its prebecoming. Out there the zone is we, the tank a brutal country, singing. Young Christ   is dual, though even the god He is won't interfere. The cells beneath the surface of the seen he says he senses like his own   skin, still unflayed. That scrim in him, keeping

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Katy Didden
Katy Didden is the author of The Glacier’s Wake, which won the Lena Miles Wever-Todd prize, and was published by Pleiades Press (2013). She earned a PhD in English and Creative Writing from the University of Missouri, and she has published poems in many journals including Ecotone, Southern Indiana Review, 32 Poems, and The Spoon River Poetry Review. A former Hodder fellow at Princeton University, she is currently an Assistant Professor at Ball State University.

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