In the realm of worship
all beings are one yet

we must be separate
in the time of plague

renouncing our tribe
letting the drums sag

no bathing in the same tub
no more rubs at the parlour

a black eagle circles the zenith
shadows hide under my shoe

shimmering butterfly
vibrates the deerskin

a crude clay talisman
hangs from the lintel

another scape goat
roasting on the spit

children press noses
to the window pane

as we leave groceries
at the end of the lane

the town permits just
one person per bench

the priest advises me
to burn this vile book

Douglas Smith, formerly a teacher of Anthropology at York University, is a homeopathic physician.and author of several books on alternative medicine. It is claimed (although Dissident Voice has no proof of this!) that Doug and his partner grow the best garlic in Haliburton County. Read other articles by Douglas.