look here, i ain’t no preacher…

De Doctor Schia-

Paulus Fürst, Plague Doctor, c. 1656. Public Domain.

my plague chasuble

(worn over my hair shirt)
is impregnated with wise blood to keep foul
humors and miasmas at bay
the vapors out
& thee ethers at ethereal atmospheres
hot with distemper

my beak of special aromatics —
posies / popcorn jelly bellies / & loose change
tinkling at the tip
(full of copper florins & obols)
with “A penny for the Old Guy”

dire companions to the low black galero —
thee new pestis cardinal
by way of hazel motes —
wide-brim

i’m freshly dressed
& arrived from the levant
by way of candia

“nobody with a good car needs to be justified!”
is thee new catch phrase for the plague year

odd times for and odd man…


“The world will provide you with every imaginable obstacle, but the one most difficult to overcome will be the lack of faith in yourself. Leave it to others to have doubts about you.”
— Callie Khouri

About istsfor manity

i'm a truncated word-person looking for an assemblage of extracted teeth in a tent full of mosquitoes (and currently writing a novel without writing a novel word) and pulling nothing but the difficult out of the top hat while the bunny munches grass in the hallway. you might say: i’m thee asynchronous voice over in search of a film....
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