Three Poems by Kirby Olson | PAROUSIA Magazine

 

EVOLUTION OF THE ENTERTAINMENT INDUSTRY

On the planet Sirius, a comic mood prevails.
There are beings with nine heads & 88 arms
Who can juggle 880 balls & whistle in 9
Octaves simultaneously.

God sits & watches the planet Sirius,
A blue orb in a brighter area of the universe,
And eats it up like TV dinner with fish, fries & tart.

Meanwhile, in a forgotten corner of the 21st century,
Humans recite Christ in Matthew 13:30
On the necessity of impurity:

“Let both grow together until the harvest
And at harvest time I will tell the reapers
Gather the weeds first and bind them in bundles
To be burned, but gather the wheat unto my barn.”

 

THINGS THAT GET BETTER WITH AGE

Forests
Friendships
Marriages
Wine
Art
Rivers
Cities
Prayer

 

 

MYSTERIES

“Where were you when I laid the foundation of the earth?” Job 38:4

Who is the wind to ruffle that green leaf?
Who is that woman, throwing a scarf of mink about her neck?
Who is that man with the green caterpillar inching along his nose?
Whose feet are wiggling in that chimney?

 

Biography: 

Kirby Olson poems have been in North Dakota Quarterly, South Dakota Review, First Things, Christianity and Literature, Partisan Review, and many others. I am a full professor at SUNY Delhi in the western Catskills. My only full-length book of poetry is titled Christmas at Rockefeller Center (WordTech 2015).

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