With a mercy that out rides The all of water, an ark For the listener; for the lingerer
with a love glides Lower than death and the dark; A vein for the visiting of the past-prayer, pent in prison, The-last-breath penitent spirits--the uttermost mark Our passion-plunged giant risen, The Christ of the Father compassionate, fetched in the storm of his strides.
The promise, written and believed in by the one, realized and rejoiced in by the other was a dear something in common, though one had in the mean while removed to heaven and the other was still a lingerer
on the earth.
Dead Man Walking (1995): Sparks fly between prison-visiting nun Susan Sarandon and Death Row lingerer
I might have been tempted to fix a little springboard under the turf, to give the lingerer
a sudden shunt, but I have never gotten around to it, as with so many house improvements recommended to my wandering attention.
It is as well the lingerer
arranging the next scene.
If the current American poetry world divides into "barrelers" and "lingerers
," as poet and critic Dan Chiasson has put it, then Chana Bloch's Swimming in the Rain: New and Selected Poems, 1980-2015, places her among the fine lingerers