Daniel Wilcox



a few blasphemies



Little boys and fat men

Fall pell-mell from the sky

Toadstooling shapes

For the earth scorched,

But we Americans assure

Such weapons are

God’s droppings to ‘u.s.’

But hell to pay for Iran;


We're waterboarding but

The Persians are blazed to blame;

Orwell’s Blaired novel doubling

Comes to mind,

The true ‘blastphemy.’




The Winged Ones



Overlooking the City of the Winged Ones

         At blooded sunset distant in the haze

              He stood on the skyscraping angled roof

      And lowered the stars and stripes of the clawed eagle

                     Watching its stretched flapping shadow

           Flit about the darkening roof out to the edge

                             A bat on the prey over the slate gray world

                 Not the dove of the olive branch he so imagines.




Black Light



My eyes pressed and I slipped

      in under her fleece cloth

      in the desire of my mind.


Her eyes glowed iridescent

      in the blackness of herself

      in the darkness of the house.


She spoke a southern accent

      from carved ebony lips

      from a northern white city.


I spoke with unprejudiced hint

      from separate loneliness  

      from a dusky existence.


I wished to be able to protect

      against the loss of innocence

      against our blotted culture.


She was black light intent

      against the vulgar glare of war

      against the shadowy white.




Daniel Wilcox © 2009

Concerning this 500th Anniversary of John Calvin And his Tongues of Fire



Not the tongues of Acts

Those of mercied news,

But Gehenna'd tongs

Of Calvin and Geneva

Firing the green wood,

So hard to blaze

Down to Hades,

Slowly, more the skin's scorch,

Long sought end of Servetus,

Head drenched in sulfur.


And our god fell,

One of the casualties

Like the reprobate infants

Outside of Geneva,

With the sudden rise

Of a myriad of bats


Out of a dark theological pit,

The poisoned t.u. l.i.p.s kiss

In that Judas of nights,

A tongue-lashing

From eternity past when


The primordially hidden,

Instituted decrees

Blazed through Europe

With  'help' from Rome

And millions of saints

Slew for Jesus' sake.


Our doubts abyss up

Like doctrinal vampires,

Hovering over a hellish cake

And the lowly clay pots

Fitted for destruction;

We drink the 'vain' dregs,


Not the loving grail

Of new wine at Cana.


But John wishes Michael

Had only been beheaded

Of his heresy of baptism.


What a shame...


1 Luke 23: 31  If men use the green wood like this...?

2 James 3:6 And the tongue is a fire. The tongue--world of wickedness--is that one of our organs which soils our whole nature, and sets the whole course of our lives on fire, being itself set on fire by Gehenna.

3 Acts 2:3 Then there appeared to them divided tongues, as of fire...

4 On  Servetus "a crown of straw, doused in sulphur...The fire was lit. Green wood does not burn easily, does not roar up. It smokes and sputters, burning unevenly and slowly. And so Michael Servetus' life was not extinguished quickly in a blazing wall of fire. Rather, he was slowly roasted, agonizingly conscious the whole time, the fire creeping upward inch by inch. The flames licked at him, the sulphur dripped into his eyes, not for minutes but for a full half hour. 'Poor me, who cannot finish my life in this fire,' the spectators heard him moan. At last, he screamed a final prayer to God, and then his ashes commingled with those of his book."


Out of the Flames: The Remarkable Story of a Fearless Scholar, a Fatal Heresy, and One of the Rarest Books in the World By Lawrence and Nancy Goldstone



Daniel Wilcox © 2009