Tuesday, July 03, 2007

Armine Iknadossian: Jerusalem Syndrome

like the others she only comes here
not Lourdes not Montserrat
thinks she’s the Prophetess of the Olive Tree
wanders deserts dressed in hotel bed sheets
crouches at the Church of the Holy Sepulcher
shaves all body hair and cuts her nails
stays outdoors to feed off the sun and the moon
washes her vagina at sunup and sundown
chants loudly for humanity to become calmer purer
is arrested for kicking people near the church
and when police question her she raises her arms
holds up the heavens as if welcoming the Messiah

Copyright Armine Iknadossian.
Used here by kind permission of the author.

1 comment:

Trent said...

Wow. I've been reading through some of these poems and I had to comment on this one.

Very powerful poem- great imagery in there.

Keep it up!