Friday, December 21, 2012

Disorders & Deities

In late 2013, London-based Eyewear Publishing
will publish The Poet’s Search For God. This poem
will be included in that collection.

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Disorders & Deities                                                                                       

by Tony Peyser

My autistic son who often
Is at a loss himself
Paused while taking a bath
And seemed to cross himself.

Did I misinterpret that
Hand gesture a smidgen
Or has Jeremy somehow found
A way to get religion?

His access to godlike things
Would have certain gaps.
My wife & I don’t attend services
And are devoutly lapsed.

But maybe some bit of belief
Sang to Jeremy like wishes
Perhaps the prestidigitation
Of those loaves into fishes.

The sight of an actual crucifix
Might be a bit too real for him:
He doesn’t drink wine but communion
Wafers might appeal to him.

Maybe this is something I imagined
Maybe it’s a serious phase
Or just proof that autism & the Lord
Work in mysterious ways.

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