Psalm 46: For Charlie Palmieri | Sojourners

Psalm 46: For Charlie Palmieri

A poem.
Illustration of a hand holding a needle above Psalm 46; in an inset, a line of sheet music is threaded through the eye of the needle
Illustration by Aldo Jarillo

My stanzas do not resemble marimbas
after all. These lines are the warmed
rank of organ pipes, droning & melting
their millennia into my shoulders.

Yes, yes, my God is heavyset & broad
& not a week of childhood passes
without Bach or Luther or a collect
that echoes the grungy psalmist

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