Monk's shaved pate

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Monk's shaved pate
thick pelt around edge
leans over book

                       leans over book above river
reciting lines, reading scriptures, preparing
first for his personal salvation, then
for those of other men.

                                      He prays, sweetly
                                      serenely, steadfastly
                                      participating

in the broad rhythmic thrusting of the river
and the earth.

                     Completely exposed
              to its vibration
      he vibrates passively
yet passionately

putting effort into remembering some
      of the ancient, past taboos
              and practices
                      Performing

the art of total presence
and abstinence.

                       Absent from worldly
                                  life, abstaining wholly
                                        from touching
                                              the black girl

                                        becoming
                                  part of her beads
                       her sweaty underwear

commanding a full dress view
          of her stimulus,
                her honey.





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Date: 7/2/2015 5:59:00 PM
Captivating and captured. Very Good.
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