anastasize! uplift me to your breath

(from down below where i have scribbled out,

in argent lead, the cage ensnaring death).

but snatch me when my rusty kettles shout!

o, seek me out! this sordid steam shrouds all

the ugly words and wonders i composed

to drag you down to dust and make you small

enough to cram inside my cup: deposed.

awaken, truth! i sip, i read, i cling

to what i see: darjeeling, fettered prayer,

theology. as if they taste the king

of kings. as if they glimpse what prospers there:

that triune heart beyond the scholar’s sea.

dispel my erudition. dwell in me.