Lent 1999 by Mark J. Mitchell

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Lent 1999

poetry by
Mark J. Mitchell

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Once again crashing
to earth and through,
deep into soil where
you grab fistfuls of clay
and mold figures
as you fall further,
deeper. Magma pulls,
calling your body weight
almost by name, chanting
grinding, gravitational songs
that slowly drive you
richly insane just before
you burn in your mother’s
deep red heart.



Wading back
into the stream
that is time,
you notice
it’s not the stream
you left days ago.

It’s colder, 
for starters,
and messier.
The weight of
your father on your shoulders
forces your feet deeper.

It will take
some getting used to.

MARK J. MITCHELL was born in Chicago in 1955. His family moved to Southern California when he was four. He attended Catholic schools in Torrance and Redondo Beach. He went on to the University of California at Santa Cruz where he studied writing with George Hitchcock, Barbara Hull and Raymond Carver. He also focused on modern poetry and Medieval Literature.

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