70spoems/reading*

THE READING

And the reading said:
woman beware of your senses
be not controlled by
your emotions
the word
was perseverance
struggle
the sermon
they repeated
diligence
spiritual responsibility
toward mankind
humility
the first lesson for the great
service
the duty of the visionary
and that black velvet
lady with feather plumes
finger snappin’
strut
came easy
easin’ toward salvation
green eyes glinting
a strawberry on her lips.

6/23/76