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Blood Offerings
(for President George W. Bush on the fall of Baghdad, April 9, 2003)

A Poem by:

Michael Hillmer

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...Some time later God tested Abraham. He said to him, "Abraham."
"Here I am," he replied.
Then God said, "Take your son, your only son, Isaac, whom you love, and go to the region of Moriah. Sacrifice him there as a burnt offering on one of the mountains I will tell you about."

Genesis 22: 1-2

He said offer it up

With the knife

The lamb's blood spilt

On altar stone, your sons'

The hours spent

Middle east of nowhere

On a fault-line

Trembling to be taken


Home. Exaltations so lost

The days balance on a beam

This evening is too hot

For spring. The dead

Ashes rest in heretical peace

As darkness drifts

In pale rose blossoms

On the soft wind

Brushstrokes of sunset

In the iris of his eyes

Red as the dying day.


The price of faith hangs

In thin air. The wooden cross hovers there

Like a god remembering a distant son being held

Like a river, bending, straining to leave its bed

By the river's edge.

Nothing lives

Or breathes inside

This lifeline, too sensitive, inflamed

Waiting to be

Lifted up.


Michael Hillmer
Copyright © 2003

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