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,

Scene: An Examination

the brain,

a tangled
the fire

and the knife,
a fearsome

Answer: the heart,
a bleating, wild

a ram loosed from
the bush.

Scene: After

Ram’s head,
lolling on the

altar beneath
the stars.