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Michael Harlow


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Ecclesiastical ‘body count’


On Sundays he shines
he tells his beads
he loves his wife
he tidies up the sin of innuendo & amen

he does not talk of his flock
or which cosmic hierarchies are mysterious
it’s ‘body count’ he worries
he weaves phrase & prayer for all occasion
my son thinks he is conducting

each Sunday we count him holy
hard, Lord, not to:
as non-denominational as wood he is ours
planning tomorrow’s numbers.

  

From Today is the Piano’s Birthday   (Auckland/Oxford UP, 1981)

Michael Harlow
 


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Last updated 20 March, 2005