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Chicagoetry: Sphinx Of Procopius


An electric butterfly
with blue glass wings

circles the head
of this glass sphinx.

Legend alleges
the brothers of Procopius Abbey -

now Illinois Benedictine University
In Lisle -

machined this idol
for a secret cemetery

reserved for the pious.
The land is lush with old growth,

hilly, like the moraines
of southern Wisconsin.

So the brethren machined
this idol, this glass sphinx,

and its eyes
light the cemetery at night.

Its paws are poised
upon a blood-red harmonium

and if you throw a diamond over your shoulder,
the harmonium begins to play:

fugues, laments, arias, odes,
a melody for each diamond. Then

it goes silent
but for the faintly discernible

hum of
electric butterfly wings.

The butterfly
is deathless, dive-bombing for diamonds,

blue wings
throwing blue shadows

across the graves.


J.J. Tindall is the Beachwood's poet-in-residence. He welcomes your comments. Chicagoetry is an exclusive Beachwood collection-in-progress.


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