Joan Colby

The Knees
by Joan Colby

Guitar slide of the patella
Scores the harmony of a monk
At the prie dieu. Kneeling
As the sword anoints a lord.
The I.R.A.’s discipline:
Kneecapping, to shatter with gunshot
Crippling as blight upon the orchard.
Kneel as the host is elevated
In transubstantiation, as the white
Flavorless disc upon the tongue
Dissolves preoccupation like a knee
To the groin doubling a man over.
A man crucified with bad knees
Winging in a walker. Dimpled knees
Of a pinup girl of the 1940’s or the flapper’s
Bees knees. Kneel for the executioner’s
Bullet or to beg the hand of love.

Published in Cider Press Review, Volume 18, Issue 4.

Joan ColbyJoan Colby has published widely in journals such as Poetry, Atlanta Review, South Dakota Review, The Spoon River Poetry Review, New York Quarterly, the new renaissance, Grand Street, Epoch, and Prairie Schooner. Awards include two Illinois Arts Council Literary Awards, Rhino Poetry Award, the new renaissance Award for Poetry, and an Illinois Arts Council Fellowship in Literature.

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