In the Living Room, Listening to Gregorian Chant

One sustained Alleluia kisses
the psalmodic couch, the sanctified

family photos, and the unstained
glass window where I see a monk-

neighbor in medieval bathrobe find
that he has no mail, reaching into

the emptiness and coming out
with his blessed hand.

Ron Riekki’s books include U.P.: a novel; The Way North: Collected Upper Peninsula New Works; Here: Women Writing on Michigan’s Upper Peninsula; and And Here: 100 Years of Upper Peninsula Writing, 1917-2017 (Michigan State University Press, 2017).

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