Author: Samuel Franklin

Dionysius, mother-burned, drunk-struck,

rambled insane across continents. 


Osiris was quartered, decapitated, castrated,

dismembered and plopped in the Nile.


Odin hung himself from the highest, coldest branch

until death came as a sweet lover.


Buddha knew no peace

until poverty and wilderness woke him.


Yahweh made his own shadow,

an ashy residue forever marring his creation.


Jesus got kissed and betrayed,

spiked to a cross and left to die.


Muhammad heard the angel

only in Hira’s shadowy, glum solitude.


We see divinity in pain and loneliness

and wonder why our world bleeds so much.