by Patrick Connors

for Hal Clarke, Jr.

In a church not of my 
original denomination
Pastor Steve gave the
Word of Life to 4 people
as if we were four hundred.

Kash Ali, a true soul brother, saw 
I was having a bad day chasing 
fantasies, and reminded me the only 
thing which matters is family –
and that we all are one.

The sacraments and rituals
we learn are a necessary blessing.
But the direction where they lead 
the only judgment I will abide
is that God loves us.

Patrick Connors’ first chapbook, Scarborough Songs, was released by LyricalMyrical Press in 2013, and charted on the Toronto Poetry Map. Other publication credits include: The Toronto Quarterly, Spadina Literary Review, Sharing Spaces, Tamaracks, and Tending the Fire.His first full collection, The Other Life, was released in 2021 by Mosaic Press.

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