Tuesday, July 11, 2023

Luisa Muradyan: Schwarzenegger in Prayer

There's a scene in Predator
where Arnold Schwarzenegger slaps the hand
of Carl Weathers and the camera focuses
for a moment on the flex of their palms
and I think this is how prayer works.
Two tulips brush against each other in the rain
And when I watch action movies I believe
there is a reason Bruce Willis
can jump out of a helicopter
and propel into a circus tent, that perhaps
Yippee-ki-yay is really
another way to say Baruch ata Adonai
that perhaps the choppa is a temple,
and when he says Get to da choppa
this is the call to return or just a call
to stand in the garden and marvel at the beauty
of wet flowers.

This poem appeared along with an interview in Houston's Public Radio.

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