Poem: “Freak”


When dogs grow antlers, hooves,
And stags loll out their tongues,
When from the throats of wolves
A sparrow’s song is sung

When from the backs of whales
The manes of lions spring,
When lizards shake their tails
Like puppies beckoning

No reason makes a change
Except for nature’s play,
The commons of the strange
Arrives by naked day

And Truth herself appears
Unwanted and unwed,
A widow without tears
A hunger still unfed

And she who is forsaken
Distorted by a lust,
A freak the wise abandoned
Ransacks the world for us

May 24, 2011

Pavel Chichikov is a Washington DC-based poet and photographer. He has written for both the secular and the Catholic press on issues as diverse as Russian nuclear weapons systems, Olympic athletes, and miracles. His books include From Here to Babylon: Poems by Pavel Chichikov,  Lion Sun: Poems by Pavel Chichikov, Mysteries and Stations in the Manner of Ignatius, and Animal Kingdom. Pavel may be heard reading his works on catholicradiointernational.com and on pavelreads.com. His poetry regularly appears on "The Poetry of Pavel Chichikov."