Pseudo-Hymn (After Rebirth)

For Charles Farrell

Saint talks-up viewings—
wombs x-rayed, yesterdays
zoomed-in-on, administered-to,

brooding contumaciously, defying evolution.

Faux goddess, how I’m justified–
kindling lit-upon, managing non-
neon, our quandaries resigned!

*Music by James Rioux

Mark DeCarteret is currently the Poet Laureate of Portsmouth, New Hampshire. His poems have been published in AGNI, Boston Review, Chicago Review, Salt Hill, and Third Coast, along with many other journals and anthologies. Flap, his fifth book, will be released by Finishing Line Press in May.