by Steven Gowin

The sycamore tree root
pushed up the sidewalk

Jesus came strolling by
in his sandally Jesus feet sandals

And stubbed up his great
toe against the lifted concrete 

Jesus howled to the sky
God damned son of a bitchin' son of a bitch

Mary cried Mary tears and asked
where she'd gone wrong, such a child

God mashed out his Chesterfield
and sent Jesus straight to his room