July/Aug 2019 • Vol. XLI No. 4 PoetryJuly 1, 2019 |

Pagan Virtues

If you have them, your day will overflow with options; you can reexamine everything that smells of dogma or the forbidden, tip your hat to the great poem that is the body, maybe even uphold the beautiful by renouncing the pretty. Prepare to be in trouble on holidays, which are holy days for others, but for you are days off, a chance to exercise your pleasures, perhaps speculate why prayer never seems to reach its destination. Tell your churchgoing friends that you’re more like a justice of the peace than a witch or warlock, someone trying —  with the help of the best that’s been written and said, and without aid from the cloudy above —  to divine what’s evil, investigate what’s good, attempt to live in a world a person from another world might want to muck around in, raise children, guide them to discover for themselves what it means to be a citizen.

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