From the Angels’ Perch at Mount Moriah

Elizabeth Pinborough


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Scene: Thicket for a Slaughter

We have seen
bets, contests—

only the great
ones sent to
spar with God:

father, son,
sacrifice.

Scene: An Examination

Question:
the brain,

a tangled
bramble—
the fire

and the knife,
a fearsome
binding.

Answer: the heart,
a bleating, wild
faith,

a ram loosed from
the bush.

Scene: After

Ram’s head,
lolling on the

altar beneath
the stars.