Poem: “You Tore a Page”

You Tore a Page

You tore a page from Job to roll a cigarette
And as you tore the flesh of God from Him
So from your dying body will be torn your limb

You bragged of how you burned away
The flesh of God from the body of His name
So will those who take your limb show off the same

But still if you profess your shame and plead
For rescue and forgiveness in the dark and pain
Christ will come in mercy, love, and you will live again

August 3, 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."