Eric Pankey

Speculation on the Absent God
March 9, 2014 Pankey Eric

Speculation on the Absent God


As if abandoned

To a plague,

The church


Under restoration

Is as yet unrestored:



Score the plaster,

Spray-painted tags

Mar the stone façade,


The scaffolding’s

Aluminum pipes

And planks—


Rickety, vacated—

Are off-square, at a slant.

Kids play kick-the-can


With a dented censer.

With each kick

A perfume of cinders.

Eric Pankey is the author of eleven collections of poems, most recently, CROW-WORK from Milkweed Editions. He teaches in the BFA and MFA programs at George Mason University where he is Professor of English and Heritage Chair in Writing.