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Benjamin Myers

In Issue 5 on February 18, 2011 at 12:50 pm

What Hamlet Got Wrong

That is not the “undiscovered country.”
We know that place well,
though we’ve never seen it,
like the roofs of our own
mouths.  We carry it mapped
in invisible ink, and its native
grasses fall in bunches
from our pockets.

But this place is strange,
the shaggy wilderness
we stare at from a thin beach,
while the ship sails away
behind us.

When You Meditate on the Cross

Think also about a toothache,
a cold wind
rising from under the door at night,
a tedious neighbor who holds
you too long with a bony grip
on your bicep.

Coming to die is coming to live:
the glory of God is
the hangnail of God,
the blister of God,
God’s dead friend.

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Benjamin Myers‘ first book of poems, Elegy for Trains, was recently published by Village Books Press. His poems have appeared in or are forthcoming in Ruminate, poetrybay, The Chiron Review, The New Plains Review, The Mayo Review, and many other journals. He was recently nominated for the Pushcart and has been featured on the Red Lion Square poetry podcast (www.redlionsq.com). Myers teaches at Oklahoma Baptist University, in Shawnee, Oklahoma.

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