The Articles of Prayer

The Articles Of Prayer

Wake, the day has not begun,
let the sleeping sleep.
The first light from the rheumy sun
emerges from the deep.

The draught we drank is gone, the ones
we drank it with are dead.
We touched the moon and now it slowly
circulates our bed.

Talk to me of times gone by,
the all translating wine,
And on the bosom of the dawn
teach me the divine.

Slowly, slowly, rich with choice,
caress me with your care,
And in the elocution voice.
the articles of prayer.


from The Erotics of God (Enitharmon, 2004), copyright © Sebastian Barker 2004, used by permission of the author and publisher

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1Tilty Mill

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2The Green Aphis

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3The War of Watch and Pen

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4Bluebells

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5Shockwaves

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6The Walled Garden

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7On the Rocks

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8Before the Time of the Sundial 1, 3, 4, 8

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9The Hand in the Well

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10Go, Gracious Words

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11People

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12Poetry

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13Justice

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14The Light on the River

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15In the Cradle of the Poets

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16Visitation in the Mountains

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17Daughter

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18Spring Day Near Reepham

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19A Sealed Box for Xanthi

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20Strike the Lovely Dumb

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21Undone by Love

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22Drinking Song

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23A Love Song to Eros

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24Being Here

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25The Sage of the Cambrian Mountains

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26The Dancing Crocodile

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27Curriculum Vitae

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28Katie

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29A Book

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30Young Woman Dancing

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31A Small Ballet of Light

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32The Lilies of the Field

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33Sex

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34Take hands. The moon

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35On the Anvil of the Tongue

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36The Visitors

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37Tell of the Sad Derangement of the Mind

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39Holy the Heart on which We Hang Our Hope

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40In the Valley of the Moselle

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38Athenagoras

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41The Rites Mysterious

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42The Uncut Stone

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43The Conscience of the Real

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44Walk with Me

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45The Fluting Trumpeteer

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46The Elderberry Tree

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47The Articles of Prayer

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48Rosaceous Wonders

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49The Stranger in the Pass

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50For Eddie Linden on his 70th Birthday

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51For Glyn Hughes on His 70th Birthday

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52Spirit of the River

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