all the catholic gods: poems by Patrick Kindig. Number 21 in the Robin Becker Chapbook Series.
Publication: February 21, 2019 [100 copies]
Patrick Kindig is a PhD candidate in Indiana University’s Department of English. He is the author of the micro-chapbook Dry Spell (Porkbelly Press, 2016), and his poems have appeared in Willow Springs, Meridian, Third Coast, Columbia Poetry Review, DIAGRAM, and other journals.
the way he touched their throats:
gently, gently, as if he were already
something dying. this is because
he was, because he was dying
& knew it & was not afraid to.
as he touched them he knew
there were harder things. for example:
belief. for example: disbelief. &
he knew the way out was to lose
the body, to no longer have this thing
that wanted, that wanted not
to want. to lose that part of him
that would lay itself between
a lion’s teeth, take one step toward
the fire & another & another
just to see how long it takes
movement to become impossible.
when he touched their throats
he hummed to them, pressed his neck
against their necks & felt
the echoes there. he touched
their throats at the beginning
& the end of it, through
the moon’s slow passage through
the sky. & when, at daybreak, the stone
was rolled away, he could not
be brought out, slept & continued
sleeping. he lay between
the flanks of two of them
& was content, held by two things
that held him as if they had made him,
held him because they had.
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