After Lorca

Robert Creeley

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After Lorca

for M. Marti

The church is a business, and the rich

are the business men.

                                When they pull on the bells, the

poor come piling in and when a poor man dies, he has a


cross, and they rush through the ceremony.

But when a rich man dies, they

drag out the Sacrament

and a golden Cross, and go doucement, doucement

to the cemetery.

And the poor love it

and think it’s crazy.

—Robert Creeley (Collected poems)

The third line is indented to begin under the 'm' of 'men,' the platform refuses to indent.

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