Monday, July 11, 2016

192: The Liturgy

sketch001Tonight, another poem by Dinah Roma, The Liturgy, a Job-ian lament. I had intended to post some other poem tonight, but Soundcloud seems to be taking a long time to process the track so I fell back to this earlier recording instead.

The Liturgy bleeds with neurosis as the persona laments over some unspecified (possibly internal) malady. It expresses the paradox of prayer -- as we normally approach it anyhow -- demanding some answer of God but finding instead an unmoved and unmoving deity, ending in frustration when the expected answers do not arrive soon enough. Too often this prayer places its emphasis on the supplicant who asks, "Isn't this enough?" To which, I would guess, the response of God is appropriate: "Be still!"
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