Pilgrim Bell

Dark on both sides.
Makes a window.
Into a mirror. A man.
Holds his palms out.
To gather dew.
Through the night. Uses it.
To wash before.
Dawn prayer.
Only a god.
Can turn himself into.
A god.
The earth buckles.
Almond trees bow.
To their own roots. Fear.
Comes only.
At our invitation but.
It comes. It came.

Pilgrim Bell by Kaveh Akbar

From Pilgrim Bell. Reproduced with kind permission of Chatto & Windus.

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