Offering envelope stuck to day-old gum, hypocrisy between the pews I accomplished this for fun during the break of the choir director's direction Beside me, the sound a sinner makes Gold-plated cufflinks anchor the hands that left my sister's neck blanched one night prior His immense voice and carefully rehearsed tongue yielding the dialects he praises in- Sometimes, Oh Happy Day, when he washed the blood away from his hands Sometimes, Waymaker, just before palms become fist and he sends invocation Each song, a tithe envelope I stick to the gum between the pews
Daniel B. Summerhill is a poet and performance artist from Oakland, CA. Currently an MFA candidate at Boston’s Pine Manor College, Daniel has performed and taught guest workshops and lectures throughout the U.S, Europe, and South Africa. He has published two collections of poems, Crafted and Brown Boys on Stoops, and has been asked to perform at Ted Talk and Def Jam Poetry with Danny Simmons. His work has been published or is forthcoming in Pine Hills Review, Cosmonauts Avenue and The Voice among others.
Painting, After Church, by Romare Bearden.