Monday, May 15, 2017
His poems have appeared at Verse Daily, and in Yale Review, Nimrod, and Poetry Northwest. Myers is the Crouch-Mathis Professor of Literature at Oklahoma Baptist University.
The following poem is from Elegy For Trains.
On Taking Communion with My Students
Let greasy spikes be caught in halos
thrown from chapel windows
and the lazy shuffle of saints
trace the body of Christ down the chapel alley.
Let this one,
eyes avoiding mine
like two blackbirds in sudden flight,
And let this one,
absent a week
only to resurface
as the sinking vessel rises
one last time from ocean’s deep midnight,
The wind empties itself
outside the chapel,
madly hurls the vowels and consonants
collected all its lifetime
at the stones.
I hear on the gale
from the morning’s lecture:
the world is text.
I, too, am reading it for the first time.
Posted with permission of the poet.
Entry written by D.S. Martin. His latest poetry collection, Conspiracy of Light: Poems Inspired by the Legacy of C.S. Lewis, is available from Wipf & Stock as is his earlier award-winning collection, Poiema.