David Shapiro

Prayer for a House

for J. H.

Blessed is the architect of the removed structures
Blessed is the structure that weathers in spring snow like lies
Blessed in the crystal that leaps out of the matrix like a fool
And blessed is the school

Blessed factures
Blessed like spring snow
Blessed like a fool
And burnt book

Is the school a structure or weather
Or a lie like spring snow
And is the matrix leaping also like a fool
And is the book built or burnt?

Blessed is the removed
Blessed too the inlay like spring
Blessed is the tiger of the matrix like a found fool
And blessed is the school

Blessed is the cut and the cry
Blessed the body of the patient in spring snow like lies
Blessed is the crystal stepping out of the matrix like a fool
And blessed is a burning book

Blessed is the anchorite and the architect in the dark smudge
Blessed is the remover bending to remove
Blessed is the folly leaping out of matrix
And blessed each unlit book

Blessed is the architect of the removed cut
Blessed the structures that weather in lies like spring snow
Blessed is the crystal that leaps out of the matrix like a fool
And blessed is the school, like a burning library

Old new prayer
Old new song
Blessed is the crystal and the cry and the matrix like a painting fool
And blessed is the school