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In Koine Greek
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I can say I loosen , which also means
I forgive , and I can say
he is believing or she is writing
though I don’t know whether she writes a list
of her father’s virtues, or directions
for boiling custard, or a letter to her mother describing
how craggy light shadows these mountains at dusk.
My lover asks me to say I love you , but I have studied
only to lesson three. I don’t know how
to say I love you , so I say a heart speaks truth .
Next week I will be able to say
a sister has words and children
hear a kingdom . They will imagine
trumpets, drums, clattering hoofbeats, a crier
to announce their arrival, the hush of velvet as he bows.
Now I say you hear a heart
because I cannot say I will kiss you unless I skip
ahead, learn complicated inflections. I’m confident
our text will reveal conjugations of kiss , for Judas
kissed Jesus at least once, and I recall Paul
urging us to greet one another with a holy kiss. That’s not
the kiss I want. I want a nuzzle, a snuggle, a smooch.
I can say I desire or I wish . I am hunting
for the verb to smooch but find it
nowhere. Has anyone ever smooched you
in Koine Greek? Has anyone ever said heaven is kissing
a sea or earth is kissing glory ? I can say
heaven is knowing earth , which I imagine
requires more than one kiss.
In Koine Greek you are loosening a kingdom ,
I hear a house of hearts, we are writing
heaven , where we will awaken
to loosen our limbs, to proclaim
O glorious verb!

Lynn Domina  

Lynn Domina is the author of two collections of poetry, Corporal Works and Framed in Silence , and the editor of a collection of essays, Poets on the Psalms . Her poetry appears in New England Review, The Gettysburg Review , and The Paterson Literary Review . She lives in the western Catskill region of New York.

Copyright © 2013 Louisiana State University Press
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Lynn Domina. "In Koine Greek." Southern Review 49.4 (2013): 576-577. Project MUSE. Web. 10 Oct. 2013. <http://muse.jhu.edu/>.
Domina, L.(2013). In Koine Greek. Southern Review 49(4), 576-577. Louisiana State University Press. Retrieved October 10, 2013, from Project MUSE database.
Lynn Domina. "In Koine Greek." Southern Review 49, no. 4 (2013): 576-577. http://muse.jhu.edu/ (accessed October 10, 2013).
T1 - In Koine Greek
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JF - Southern Review
VL - 49
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SP - 576
EP - 577
PY - 2013
PB - Louisiana State University Press
SN - 2168-5541
UR - http://muse.jhu.edu/journals/southern_review/v049/49.4.domina.html
N1 - Volume 49, Number 4, Autumn 2013
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