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I could be God and walk over to them, purchase one pack of cigarettes and destroy the cosmos. And now enter the police: one of them with arthritic fingers that look like calcified commas holds his nightstick at the ready. I could be God. ” I could say, “They need you,” and remind them that each piece of sausage separates light from darkness. But I don’t. They bore me. I turn and stare at horses. 38 T H I N K I N G O F S T. J U D E ’ S F R O M FA R AWAY Nothing is more terrible than snow falling in a mosque, no white upon white, no hollow cotton.
They all knew them by heart by now, but still liked the sound of their father’s voice and the look on his face while he read. His wife used to say, He smiles like a windowpane being battered by hail, for a windowpane knows loyalty, knows when it has been victorious. A windowpane is a soldier that never sleeps. But tonight the burzhuika was low. The luxury called for more fuel. How many years had it taken him to arrest the courage needed to write down his rage? And now the words again would save him.
J U D E ’ S F R O M FA R AWAY Nothing is more terrible than snow falling in a mosque, no white upon white, no hollow cotton. Beyond Arafat and Bialik — white and frozen — falls something damp and starved — I know I’ve seen it. Nothing is more terrible than snow falling in a church where The False Parade of Cufflinks recite The Psalm of the Slipped Disc. Nothing is more terrible than snow falling on bookshelves where charlatanry sighs between statuettes and bookends. For the sluggish illiterates who cannot repair a ceiling, and for the minaret and steeple, nothing is more terrible than snow.
Always Die Before Your Mother: Poems by Patrick Woodcock