Poem: 7 / Sweat and Boils

We’re all sweat and boils
sweat and scabs

scraping with potsherds

The whole thing comes down
while irony and nonchalance

abound around us

The isolation spotlight
hits us hard

Rimbaud said “Patience is the key
to this savage sideshow”

God takes away everything
but Himself

And now standing face to Face
what do we say

Some say Job said “Enough!” But
it’s never enough

until it’s all gone

Our nothingness is the dust
that rises around us


I’m afraid to stand up
dizziness might knock me down

There’s no way
to say this

I must refuse my self
and look for Mercy
5/18/12 (from Down at the Deep End, in progress, insha’Allah)

About danielabdalhayymoore

Poet, artist, collagist, publisher, hoping to save a little bit of the world through ecstatic utterance... ordered in balanced lines and unpremeditated images...
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4 Responses to Poem: 7 / Sweat and Boils

  1. Kaaren says:

    Beautiful and moving, Daniel.
    Blessings to you,


    • I thought this morning, Kaaren, of asking you to have a pan chocolate and frothy coffee at a sweet outdoor cafe for me, but then, you have it for thyself and t’will be the same, your so perceptive eyes and heart drinking it all in as usual… (Oh, and Gustav Moreau! Any visits yet?)


  2. Barbara Flaherty says:

    These poems are right to the bone, or the edge of truth we all avoid. This one is particularly powerful for me.


  3. God bless for your kind comment… some of the climb, even with strong faith, is the dark side of the mountain. The body/spirit or soul complex is, well, complex! I’m working through it… keep posted. And thanks.


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