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Michael Shorb

About this Christian Poet:
Michael Shorb's work reflects an abiding interest in environmental issues, history, and the lyrical form, as well as a strong focus on material that teaches the values of compassion and kindness to younger readers. His poems have appeared in over 100 magazines and anthologies, including The Nation, The Sun, Michigan Quarterly Review, Queen's Quarterly, Poetry Salzburg Review, Commonweal, Rattle, Urthona, and European Judaism. 

The Execution of Thomas More (1535)

Struck, the arteries lose eloquence.
Even the hooded man shudders.
Tributaries of power and change
Spill from the vented block
To the stage of statehood.
Ignorance in brown fields abides.
Disrupted elements congeal
Across the silent morning.

Tell me how your God works, scholar.
If he were the snow alone, 
                                                    or gold,
Or singularity
                            focused into concentration,
How should the unsightly,
                                                   beheaded
Body of His Spokesman twitch
To a halt before the multitudes?

He answers: how natural to see enlightened
Men court death, appropriate he who loves
The tree should follow, standing
A still, short time among its
Fallen leaves, hastening
To the root.
                         And here within this peace
There is no fuel for sorrow.
Flaws that mire
Life exist only in outer rings of ages,
Where the feint and storm of empire
Looms,
                  where brittle destinies
Foolishly contend.

Copyright ©2010 by Michael Shorb