The Lamb

By Linda Gregg b. 1942 Linda Gregg
It was a picture I had after the war.
A bombed English church. I was too young   
to know the word English or war,
but I knew the picture.
The ruined city still seemed noble.   
The cathedral with its roof blown off
was not less godly. The church was the same   
plus rain and sky. Birds flew in and out   
of the holes God’s fist made in the walls.   
All our desire for love or children   
is treated like rags by the enemy.
I knew so much and sang anyway.   
Like a bird who will sing until
it is brought down. When they take   
away the trees, the child picks up a stick   
and says, this is a tree, this the house
and the family. As we might. Through a door   
of what had been a house, into the field   
of rubble, walks a single lamb, tilting   
its head, curious, unafraid, hungry.

Linda Gregg, “The Lamb” from Chosen By the Lion. Copyright © 1994 by Linda Gregg. Reprinted with the permission of Graywolf Press, St. Paul, Minnesota, www.graywolfpress.org.

Source: Chosen by the Lion (Graywolf Press, 1994)

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Poet Linda Gregg b. 1942

POET’S REGION U.S., Western

Subjects Faith & Doubt, War & Conflict, Religion, History & Politics, Social Commentaries, God & the Divine

Poetic Terms Free Verse

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Born in New York, poet Linda Gregg was raised in Marin County, California. She received both a BA and an MA from San Francisco State University. Gregg has published several collections of poetry, including Too Bright to See (1981); Alma (1985); Things and Flesh (1999), finalist for the Kingsley Tufts Award for Poetry; and All of It Singing: New and Selected Poems, a Los Angeles Times Favorite Book of 2008 and winner of the . . .

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SUBJECT Faith & Doubt, War & Conflict, Religion, History & Politics, Social Commentaries, God & the Divine

POET’S REGION U.S., Western

Poetic Terms Free Verse

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