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Michael Waters: Punk Prayer

Abbey, Eibingen, 12th C

Cathedral of Christ the Savior, Moscow, 21st C


In language of her own wild invention,

Nun & mystic Hildegard von Bingen

Offered prayers only God could ascertain,


Though she must have wondered, slipping again

Into ecstatic visionary daze,

How such odd words resounded in His brain.


Centuries later, God remembers her

As the guitar thrash of Pussy Riot

Explodes in sacrificial orgasm,


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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