A Texas poet and an Avatar Poem

In honor of our current visit to the Lone Star State, I'm including here a poem by the Texas-born poet Mary Karr. I'm also including, just for the heck of it and not because he has any connections to Texas--though perhaps he should--a poem by Aaron Belz which I read in the public lecture I gave Sunday evening. Enjoy.

DESCENDING THEOLOGY: Christ Human (by Mary Karr)

Such a short voyage for a god,
and you arrived in animal form so as not
to scorch us with your glory.
Your mask was an infant’s head on a limp stalk,
sticky eyes smeared blind,
limbs rendered useless in swaddle.
You came among beasts
as one, came into our care or its lack, came crying
as we all do, because the human frame
is a crucifix, each skeletos borne a lifetime.
Any wanting soul lain
prostrate on a floor to receive a pouring of sunlight
might—if still enough,
feel your cross buried in the flesh.
One has only to surrender,
you preached, open both arms to the inner,
the ever-present hold,
out-reaching every want. It’s in the form
embedded, love adamant as bone.
In a breath, we can bloom and almost be you.

Avatar: A poem (by Aaron Belz

 Blue computer graphics woman
 with smooth cat nose, you are
 purer, more in touch with nature,
 and actually quite a bit taller than I--
 and although you've discovered
 that your soul mate is really just a
 small, physically challenged white guy
 gasping for air in a mobile home,
 you've decided to stick with him.
 I'd taken you for one of those shallow
 pantheistic utopian cartoon giantesses,
 but now I see that I was way off.


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Jacob said…
Amazing poems. Love them.

My wife and I got to hear you speak at Christ Church this past Sunday and both loved your words. She, an artist, and I, a writer, felt very comforted to hear what you spoke on. We, from time to time, feel very disconnected from the Church in our mediums of calling. Thanks for heeding your calling. Keep it up.
Thank you for the kind words, Jacob. All God's blessings on both of your ventures and hopefully I'll see you on a future visit to Austin.

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