(for L. Cohen)
Sitting amongst your people on the thrown of earth,
or a wooden chair,
crowned with chestnut curls.
You, King David of Montreal, pluck your guitar,
the lyre of modern prophets,
praising the many Bathshebas and Salomés and the other sundry beauties of your bed.
You are God’s most beloved son,
with your voice of Orpheus and hands of Jesus
to heal and bind all at once –
Even in your sin you were forgiven,
all you had done in passion and greed for love of your song and your word and your touch.
Your sin built temples for those you saw coming in vision and song.
And God was pleased.
Even in your lust and acid-fuelled visions,
God was pleased and loved you best.
Your praise of flesh and spirit,
of tongue and thigh and lips
won you hearts and longing.
They quivered with the frequency of your guitar
when your fingertips caressed the strings.
And yet, God loved you best.
Your lust sanctified all comers,
healed them with your hands;
burned through the many, several excuses to not follow you to bed.
And, yet, you reached the promised land,
God’s most beloved son.
Ramona L. Elke is a poet, playwright, and a student of belly dance who pays her bills with her skills as a history teacher/substance use counselor/poetry teacher to defiant adolescents in a small-town, British Columbia high school. She has been practicing her poetry writing since the tender age of six years, when she was first published as the runner up in a Mother’s Day poem contest. She has been published in the 2016 and 2017 Poetry Marathon Anthologies. She also has a collection titled The Reluctant Daughter available on amazon.com.