Some Gods

God with eagle’s head and five-pointed-star insignia on palms of hands. God connected to seven IV drips with fire coming out of mouth; God made of warts; God with horse’s legs and head of ram reading names from a scroll pointing to a hole in the ground; God surrounded by representatives from the animal kingdom; God surrounded by representatives from the kingdom of global finance; God with cobbler’s last andwashing line with human faces pegged along; God with merciful expression holding knife and fork; God as female infant; God with stomach as a gumball machine; God as smiling coma patient between starchy cotton sheets surrounded by cards and flowers; God banging a human skull-gavel to silence a courtroom of lesser gods; God being led into a courtroom and asked to confirm holy name; God in fool’s attire inviting you to play a game of rummy; God as Bronze Medallist forcing smile on podium; God as golden ball of light forming in your chest; God as a feeling of intense and sudden cold; God as a feeling of sudden loneliness; God as a cup in your house that you haven’t yet recognized as God but drink from nearly every day; God as a dead robin; God as the eye of a dead robin; God as your barely visible reflection in the eye of a dead robin.

Jack Underwood

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