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Ceremonial Ghazal

Ceremonial Ghazal

By Terry Wolverton

Drape my igneous hips in a girdle of bone
Strung gleanings from charnel field's clutter of bone

You dwell in a country of exile and hush
each night I cross over that border of bone

I sought sleep's relief in your stonemason's arms
lull me to dream in a cradle of bone

Twenty year's journey on sheet metal sea
steering my ship with a paddle of bone

My broken throat cries for a sheltering sip
pour me a cup from your ladle of bone

Knit vision to language, braid words into blood
weave daylight to dark with a shuttle of bone

Live in your skeleton, lodge in your skin
build your strong house with a girder of bone.

Prairie Schooner, Vol. 79, No. 3 (Fall 2005), p. 111


Terry Wolverton

Terry Wolverton is the author of ten books of poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction, most recently Wounded World: lyric essays about our spiritual disquiet. She is the founder of Writers At Work, a creative writing studio in Los Angeles, and Affiliate Faculty in the MFA Writing Program at Antioch University Los Angeles. Her website is http://terrywolverton.com.

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