michael oliver

Rookie - 96 Points (13-4-1948 / swansea)

My Holy (Revised Version)


The Christian cup of tea - handed and asking
Asking the stiff white collared guru
Askig the collar - So what is Holy?
The clap trap of church speak delivered - Squawk!
Flapping the orbit of praise and acknowledgement
Defining God as a celestial numb nuts
OK-Yeah - BUT - What is Holy

Can you wrestle Rilke's angel
Emerging with a crippled reverence

Lust after Michaelangelos cosmic Erato
Daring to touch beauty with a pink finger

Will the knife new realized at the precious throat
Confirm the exile and the instinct Holy

Hidden by the cave -frightened of the imagined Holy
That echo whisper darking the volcano and the wind

Thrown down petrified in a sunlit courtyard
While the comforter quickens the Lapiz Lazuli womb

At the extremis of pain memory rebels
Shouting at the closing sky Lemi Lemi Sabacthani

Ok - Yeah - BUT- 'What is Holy'
Is all this Holy? so what - or

the spring buds confident and green
a BB pencil leaves its dust
an evening so transformed - Holy

ink ground, brush wiped, movements
the lines, the washes and omissions
the shaman dances Holy on rice paper

Submitted: Wednesday, May 22, 2013
Edited: Monday, November 11, 2013

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while talking about my Holy I saw how I could refine and enlarge the scope of some of the images.

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  • Rookie - 72 Points Scotty Dogg (5/22/2013 9:09:00 PM)

    I like it. Elegant. Humorous. A shocking, poking and irreverent piece of writing. I like the first one too. It's more bare-bones, but this has a different feel to it. This one feels like more 'Michael' to me. S. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 602 Points Paul Brookes (5/22/2013 4:36:00 PM)

    Love this 'Lapiz Lazuli womb' I like both versions. I'm glad you kept the last stanza which zings.10/10 BB: O) (Report) Reply

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