Glen Kappy

Gold Star - 12,107 Points (June 30,1948 / New York, NY USA)

Glen Kappy
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To the Reader,

First, thank you for your time and attention. Below is some background which I hope will give you a better “feel” and understanding of my poetry.

I was raised in inner city New York. My father was from Jewish background, my mother from Anglo-Protestant background, but both were alienated from their traditions. Agnostic themselves, they raised my siblings and me to make our own decisions about religion. Ironically, perhaps, from college on I grew increasingly drawn to “the God question, ” with my initial interest in the Hindu, Buddhist, and Tao traditions. At age twenty-five and desperate to know God personally, I had an experience that led me to become ... more »

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He Sang

'And when they had sung a hymn…'
—Mark 14: 26a

You sang, Lord(!)
In a tenor or a baritone?
(Another thing
we're left to wonder—
with hair, eyes, skin, size—
to wonder then let go) .
Was it a solemn song?
Or one to fortify
against the night
you knew would follow?

In times before
on dusty roads
were they who struggled
to keep up with you
surprised to hear you whistle?
Or did they smile
when you'd start
a cadenced song
to make less weary
all the miles?

Or in gray dawn
and back from prayer—
your ...

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