in the cascades

cascades mountain

in the cascades
there are streams so pure
and so icy
you can baptize yourself
and it
will count
come judgment day—
god will stand before the dead
and wave you forward
saying, here’s a good one
the rest of you publicly,
churchily baptized can wait,
‘cause I am pretty sure
most of you were just showing off
for family—
but first you have to get lucky
and alone on a mountain
in a snow fed stream
in the cascades

—Don Whittington




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