06.27.2008

Collection Plate    (to Romare Beardon)

We take doctrine
particulate,
pocket-money

in nomine Patris
who begets
a settled mind

its own occasion
without predicate,
grammar,

and a period.
Time compounded
fastens the difference

with a lick.
A gummy envelope
holds heaven

and earth,
a note
and a song.

Gregory J. Ott (© 2008)