Frannie Lindsay

Golgotha & Receiving the Host
February 22, 2019 Lindsay Frannie

Golgotha

 

 

Then they came and cleansed you my love

with a separate sponge for each arm

each hand and its citizen fingers

each leg and each foot pale as magnolia

and swept a burst of holy wind through your hair

for ease of travel and then they anointed

one of your kerchiefs with tapwater

and made new your chest and belly

and blurred your sex

then they gathered

their competent shadows

and turned you

muscled with tender indifference

your boulder of pain

onto a kinder place and smoothed you

and pressed upon your tongue

a eucharist of ice

and raised the blinds

on the wild and sleeping day

 

for Holly

 

 

 

Receiving the Host

 

 

bless this oatmeal

this ice cream

bless shakes these awful

jammed with calories

thick so you can swallow

thick so you can live

a little longer bless

vanilla just enough

to get the pills down

bless this little ovaltine

mixed in bless every spoon

on which your lips

stll close this straw

that bends so you can live

o bless this syringe this

single liquid

dose as needed

bless this

little longer

 

 

 

for Lizzie

Frannie Lindsay’s fifth volume, If Mercy, was released by The Word Works in 2016. Her work appears in Best American Poetry 2014, Ted Kooser’s column American Life in Poetry, and Poetry Daily, and was awarded  the Missouri Review prize. She is a classical pianist.