Apollo (Poem)

Eilish Mulholland’s ‘Apollo’. Photo Source: Scroll.In

Eilish Mulholland, Contributor.


“Jesus went up with the spacecraft”

At least that’s what the priest said.

A interorbit of some heaven

Should have been there,


For the crew sticking their noses

Out of a spacecraft to delight in his face.

The iconography should capture it,

Among the stars, among the blackness–


A throat pulsating in anticipation

Looking for a morning star, a bethlehem

For a half shut eye

That braces itself against a cold gloom.


Amongst the Galaxy their fingers clutch now

To linger in the first frost,

Looking for a convent of Moses

They should have met him in their ascension.



Your plaque of the First Lord

Kicks the ark off into a Canadarm

And makes St Peter laugh at the gates


Touching the source of his catechism

He strokes under his cloak

And spurns his creationism

To the clutch of the nebula

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