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Michael Waters: Punk Prayer

Abbey, Eibingen, 12th C

Cathedral of Christ the Savior, Moscow, 21st C

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In language of her own wild invention,

Nun & mystic Hildegard von Bingen

Offered prayers only God could ascertain,

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Though she must have wondered, slipping again

Into ecstatic visionary daze,

How such odd words resounded in His brain.

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Centuries later, God remembers her

As the guitar thrash of Pussy Riot

Explodes in sacrificial orgasm,

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The frescoed cherubim & stone-eyed saints

Startled by eccentricity & rage:

Three pierced daughters, each gorgeous in His gaze.

Copyright 2015 Michael Waters. First published in The American Poetry Review. Reprinted by permission of the author.

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