First Communion: The Crux of the Matter.

It rose like a round wafer,

magnified on the chilled horizon.

I heard the deep Bishop voice…

 

“Body of Christ.”

 

I gazed at the moon.

 

“Amen.”

 

The Eucharist suspended

in my imagination

a remembrance.

 

A fear filled day

of consumption.

I swallowed Jesus.

 

Like the reflection

of a lifeless body

in the night sky

 

the body of Christ

hung on the Southern Cross

to intersect our planet’s pulse.

 

I remembered first communion.

The Southern Cross is the smallest of the constellations. Its proper name is Crux, Latin for cross. I am protestant now but I will never forget the day as a young boy receiving first communion.

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