Pulse

an elegy for Orlando

Take, eat, this is my body which is given for you,

This body, loose, young, the body that swung,

The sweaty shiny comfortable skin, the eyes that flashed,

The legs that jumped. Drink this, drink in the body,

This body, that body that came through the day,

Colliding, brushing with other bodies, this body, moving,

Smooth skin against rough cheek, blue silk dress,

Lipstick on the polo shirt, the shorts of a pixie chick,

The torso of a Latino lifeguard, the hands of a spectacled African man,

This body, that body, whose body shivered, shook,

Arms raised to the heavens, shouting its praise,

This body, that body, pulsed to a beat last night--

What body now lifeless lies on the dark red floor,

Sacrificed with the blood of a new covenant

As broad as the arc of a rainbow

In a crowded club in Orlando, the body mashed

From holes that flash, from hells that erupt from

A morning of night, taste this body, taste that meat, eat

The body of the world, no longer in the world.

-June 12, 2016
Featured Writer - RoseMarie Navarra
Manuscript Discussion in Workshop
 

Comments 2

Kate Hymes on Saturday, 18 June 2016 16:41

A powerful and moving elegy to the Orlando mass killing at Pulse nightclub. Susan expertly uses the language of religious tradition of praise, sacrifice and suffering to both mourn and question why humans commit such acts of hatred: what is the meaning of sacrifice, what is the purpose of suffering.

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A powerful and moving elegy to the Orlando mass killing at Pulse nightclub. Susan expertly uses the language of religious tradition of praise, sacrifice and suffering to both mourn and question why humans commit such acts of hatred: what is the meaning of sacrifice, what is the purpose of suffering.
Colleen Geraghty on Monday, 20 June 2016 22:06

Dear Susan,
A very moving tribute to all of those who died in that tragic event at the Pulse in Orlando. A powerful and moving poem.

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Dear Susan, A very moving tribute to all of those who died in that tragic event at the Pulse in Orlando. A powerful and moving poem.