far from worship by Herb Kauderer

far from worship
Herb Kauderer

feathered serpent
mired in steam
rising from lush wet forest

spined ferns reach
twenty feet into sky
daring you to land

& vines clutch
like the many handed tribes

pull at you
like ghosts
of long murdered ancestors

float, float
while night
& distance hide you
from ravenous hordes

and pray, pray
the worshippers
go another day
without finding their god

 

First appeared in Scavenger’s Newsletter #108 2/94

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