FAT TUESDAY (written about 10 years ago and emailed to Mr. Codrescu in response to an NPR interview)
(For Andre Codrescu)
when you talk about
New Orleans at Mardi Gras
feel like you’re
selling the whole thing
you’re forgetting the best parts
but you could also say that about
everywhere you look it’s
And even that
would be selling the whole thing
ASH WEDNESDAY (first appeared in qarrtsiluni by the name Twice Burned, with audio link as well)
Last night I was burned twice,
once by one who cares too little
and once by one who cares too much.
Some nights I would light matches to stay warm,
if only someone would cup two hands
around mine to block the wind.
But I am dry tinder, and fire can consume
like the Ganges crematorium at Varanasi.
Did you know that when the monk
Thích Quảng Đức set himself on fire in Saigon
to protest the persecution of Buddhists,
he was re-cremated after his death
but his heart, twice burned, remained intact?