Reverend K.F. Lord Reveals The Spectre Of Newby Church, 1963 by Cassandra de Alba

only room in my body
for so much belief

not altar nor apparition
but avarice, but all humanity

in a slow slide down. living 
in an indifferent place

i cannot imagine the sky
also governed by neglect.

if there is a god, where 
is the lightning with my name?

if there are ghosts,
why have none of them come?


Cassandra de Alba is a poet living in Massachusetts. Her chapbooks habitats (Horse Less Press, 2016) and ORB (Reality Hands, 2018) are about deer and the moon, respectively, and Ugly/Sad was released by Glass Poetry Press in January 2020. She is a co-host at the Boston Poetry Slam at the Cantab Lounge and an associate editor at Pizza Pi Press. Find her on Twitter and Instagram @cassandraintroy. 

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