John the Revelator

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John the Revelator

We streetcar’d down-
town cruising our
morning on Canal

this was about the time
of the Challenger
blowing up on take-off

we went into Woolworth’s
for roasted nuts talking
Challenger ache for true

a hobo at the checkout
summed it up for everyone
throwing out his arms

shouting ain’t that Challenger
just like my life, bro
I go shooting up into the sky

everything’s going
along just fine
then… bam

portents flew from space
sons of John the Revelator
stalked the sidewalks

preaching bam

Photograph © D Young.
Preacher on Canal, New Oreans, 1986.

Poem © R Young

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