fountain in city square

by Mike Farr

and
                   water flows
                   from Christ's fingertips
                   (like blood)
                    into the
                    fountain
                    of which
                    he stands
                    king
and
                    people,
                    those
                    city inner
                    and those 
                    who would 
                    come from 
                    city outer 
                    to buy,
                    those
                    all those
and
                    mothers and
                    teens 
                    with cameras 
                    stand below
                    the longing 
                    lonely one 
                    to
                                            a)    photograph
                                            b)    capture a 
                                                    portion of
                                                    Him
and
                   the preacher
                   yells and
                   screams
                   and curses
                   the sinners
                   photographing
and
                   an angry
                   black man
                   damns the
                   white men
                   who
                   hate for no
                   reason
                   within
                   Christ's arms
and
                   his brother—
                   mother's son
                   shot
                   lying
                   in his pool
                   flat on 
                   his back
                   into 
                   heaven
                   staring
                   shot by
                   they
and
                    a boy
                    upward
                    looking
                    tear filled
                    who people
                    step away from
                    because 
                    he cries
and
                    a woman
                    back
                    turned
                    who will
                    turn
                    tricks
                    lost
                    against
                    the immense
                    skyline
                    outer square
but
                    all of
                    them
                    beneath
                    the statue
                    all of them
                    invited
                    and water
                    Christ's water
                    offered to
                                               them all



If Mike Farr had named himself, he would now be going by Ed. He enjoys drinking Kool-aid, playing loud music, and reading Orson Pratt. You can visit him at home at http://www.byu.edu-mfarr.