|Cartoon by Bob Englehart, Hartford Courant, October 6, 2015|
Stacked full, the loincloth peasants hoisting baskets
up the winding ramp to protect the world from
famine—a wide smile on the giddy prophet’s face,
a full moon like a Greek shield and Christ himself
cradling the planet: power gives to power, the surgeon
holding a scalpel like the reed of a scribe writes
the corporation of God on our minds, you may
renounce judgement, you may let the doubts go,
have faith only in him who knows the truth
and believes mightily enough to forgo knowledge.
Alejandro Escudé published his first full-length collection of poems, My Earthbound Eye, in September 2013. He holds a master’s degree in creative writing from UC Davis and teaches high school English. Originally from Argentina, Alejandro lives in Los Angeles with his wife and two children.