Frédéric Bazille, Still Life with Fish,1866 (Wikimedia Commons)


Essential Feast

Fish-fry every Friday night
during Lent at Saint John’s
Saint Mary’s Saint Michael’s
and many, many more

—no meat for the faithful—

The hot oil must be sacred
chrism to cook that cod,
perch, or flounder to blessed
crispy crust while saving

the moist purity of its
innocent white flanks
the parishioner must partake

—not quite the Body of Christ—

but a cut above the accompanying
cole slaw, fries, and Sunday
to Thursday fare

(excluding the Host at morning Mass)

leading the communicant to digestion
transcending the purely material

nourishing the hungry soul
long practiced in abstinence,
disciplined in this season
of forsaking the flesh.

Published in the April 12, 2019 issue: View Contents

John Zedolik has had poems published in the Alembic, Ascent Aspirations, the Bangalore Review, Common Ground Review, the Journal, Pulsar Poetry Webzine, Third Wednesday, Transom, and the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. His full-length collection will be published in July 2019.

Also by this author
© 2024 Commonweal Magazine. All rights reserved. Design by Point Five. Site by Deck Fifty.