Cento Pantoum
by Wendy Taylor Carlisle

from Steve Dunn, Riffs and Reciprocities

Religion is proof a good story’s a powerful thing.
What we say about our past becomes our past.
Blessed are the generous who keep enough for themselves…
The punishment for being good is a life of goodness.

What we say about our past becomes our past.
I am the citizen of warm wet places…
The punishment for being good is goodness.
Those failures of nerve, not of skill, are the worst.

I am the citizen of warm wet places…
There’s always a little more fun on the devil’s side.
Those failures of nerve, not of skill, are the worst.
The best of us yield in time.

There’s always a little more fun on the devil’s side.
Blessed are the generous who keep enough for themselves…
the best of us yield in time.
Religion is proof a good story’s a powerful thing.

 

Published in Cider Press Review, Volume 15, Issue 4.

Wendy Taylor Carlisle lives in the Ozark Mountains. Her two books are Reading Berryman to the Dog (Jacaranda Press, 2000) and Discount Fireworks (Jacaranda Press, 2008.) Read more about her work at www.wendytaylorcarlisle.com.

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