Undergoing – a poem by Elli Samuels


In a moment still as air that holds smoke in one place
you wish to hitch to the likeness of prayer
—for an appointed god or goddess to register with.

But the twirl of the blood in the puzzle you are
brings pause—trying to figure which cathedral 
within you provides the best sound.

It’s like you want to prove the Lord never stops 
—bare maples to self-replenish
—an acrobat to lift daylight with every, almost-false, move.

Elli Samuels is a poet whose work has been anthologized and published in numerous literary journals such as Maudlin HousePif Magazine, and Tulsa Review. A cookbook author and yogi, Samuels lives in Texas.

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