Anodyne

Of the birth of our Lord
and his virgin mother you kept mum
while the scholars argued
that perhaps the scripture was not literal
but rather a symbol
an embellishment much like fishermen
gathered around the fire stove;
ale in hand and stroking their beards
with the other, shaking off ashes caught
between twines in various degrees
of gray, recollecting the fins and silver
gills, the mammoth cry of the hook that peered
through its lip as ripples grew
farther and farther away from the epicenter.

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