Palimpsest

A poem: “The Book of Life is being overwritten with the history of the world.”

I am reading a book of moral theology
on a second hand sofa.
My underlines blur the page like
comets across the night sky
because pressed against my elbow is
the fruit of my loins, a
two year old perpetual motion machine wearing
a Captain America costume fervently
and mismatched socks
darned with threads from the recesses of time
as the DNA of my ancestors unravels
and recombines in my body tirelessly.

I sketch these words in the back of the book
to rest from the middle section
(the part with the words),
a palimpsest of boredom and peace
while the Book of Life is
being overwritten with the history of the world
which is being overwritten
by the Book of
Life.

Bryan Wandel
Bryan Wandel works in government finance and has studied history, accounting, and religion. He is a member of the editorial board at Humane Pursuits. Bryan’s writing has appeared at Comment Magazine, First Things, and elsewhere.

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