THE FEAR OF GOD / Bruce Beasley Slashes of sleep & fitful dreaming, & then it starts: dust furious in sunlight, the Blue Ridge quartered in windows, God-vague & distant, smudged by sunrise. A smother of bus-smoke & low thunder, & frozen shrubs twist the recoiled crunch of their limbs. The gingkoes peel, leprous behind their fence, migrating sparrows perched on the iron spires-- I can see my breath marked on the damp air, like the days scratched on a prisoner's wall. Half the sky scraped raw of its clouds, half-moon bared-- Season of revelation, advent of love. There's something that watches us & hordes its desire, remote 30 · The Missouri Review from whatever it needs, that waits for all things to revert to it, in death, & bides its time God is a circle, says Alan de Lille, whose center is everywhere, whose circumference is nowhere It scares me, this restless intelligence, desire without form, without object, tonight, clouds scavenging the moon, this yearning I can't satisfy, I want it never pure, never sorrowful enough-- to leave me alone, to atone for my sins, one by one, then forget who I am, what I've done-- In
The Missouri Review – University of Missouri
Published: Oct 5, 1989
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