Judson Jerome

(1927-1991 / United States)

Judson Jerome Poems

1. Empire In Winter 1/3/2003
2. Messianic 1/3/2003
3. The Unchosen 1/3/2003
4. Deer Hunt 1/3/2003
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The Unchosen

I guess I have a deficiency. God never
said boo to me when as a boy I stood
straining in church with muscular endeavor
for the sweet squirt of salvation. I never could
see why He spoke to this or that old lady,

sending her, hallelujah, down the aisle.
Was I alone in the congregation vile?
Or was their claim of spirit something shady?
And now when I read poets who simply Know,
drinking their imagery from God’s own cup,

whose poems "just come," and then, like Topsy, grow,
whereas I always have to make them up,
with never a tremor saying Break this ...

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