Two for Ms Armantrout

After listening to a Poemtalk that featured Rae Armantrout’s The Way, I was moved to write the first poem in a rather intellectual response to her wonder poem, then, pretty much as these things happen, the second poem came to me while making coffee and toast and taking a shower. I hope she isn’t horrified, if she ever reads these.


Do You Have the Jesus-bug Inside?


Jesus is the Way

Jesus is away

“Away with Him!”

Jesus Aweigh

Poor dead Jesus

slips over the rail

But Jesus walks

and the tiny


spreads Jesus wings


And flies into

the heavens

no pew cards

no cue cards

no trees

where Jesus-bugs

sit and sing

no Jesus-bugs




Jerusalem Butter


Went down to Jerusalemtown

to get some butter

Mary and Joseph

had taken it all

down to Egyptland

‘cause Pharaoh’s acoming

looking for firstborndead.


They say

Jesus is coming

coming real soon

with butter, bread loaves,

fishes, too.


I’m sitting here


waiting for Jesus

and a breadloaf

perfectly brown,

butter, too.



About anthonyuplandpoetwatkins born in Jackson, The United States August 04, 1959 gender male website genre Poetry, Historical Fiction influences James M. Lancaster, Brenda Black White, Gertrude Stein, William Carlos Williams, and Al Filreis member since March 2011 About this author edit data As one of the most public lives ever lived by a private citizen, there is little about me that isn't already available at Facebook or Shelfari and countless other places. Poet, writer, construction worker, salesman, truck driver, climber into the attics of total strangers, father and husband, and all around one of the luckiest men on the planet. My luck continued with a win in the June Goodreads Newsletter Contest! What an honor! http://anthonyuplandpoetwatkins.wordp... Additional Influences: Bob Dylan, William Faulkner, Barbara Kingsolver, Gloria Naylor, Eudora Welty
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