The Sound of Silence (Austria), Taylor Hedge
Sit in the back
like a good Catholic
and watch the priest
in white robes raise
his arms to welcome the sinners:
the drunks, the men
who beat their wives
purple and red like wine.
They crowd the banister
on their knees for absolution.
Later they’ll wander into the nearest pub
and catcall as I walk past.
Watch them lap up the Blood and see
it dribble from their lips.
They cross their foreheads and sigh
in relief, for a brief moment
white as the Body
on their tongues, which dissolves
as quickly as their good intentions.
About the Author
Cassandra Busch · Loras College
Cassandra Busch is an English Literature and Creative Writing student at Loras College. This piece first appeared in The Limestone Review.
About the Artist
Taylor Hedge · Eckerd College
“The Sound of Silence (Austria)” first appeared in The Eckerd Review.