John Stupp: Risen


by John Stupp


On Sunday night

in the foundry

millwrights banged the broken furnace

at the far end of the plant

they were laughing

and drinking

lights flickered

scrap metal bounced on the floor


the superintendent prayed the rosary with Bishop Sheen

his fingers moved like a card sharp

he said Ireland rose on Easter with Jesus

and took over the world

but left the rest of us

in hell

in the morning clean-up

the whiskey labels showed a horse going over a fence

legs up in a blue sky

not even Henry Ford could stop him from rising


John Stupp is the author of the 2007 chapbook The Blue Pacific and the 2015 full-length collection Advice from the Bed of a Friend both by Main Street Rag.  His new book Pawleys Island will be published by Finishing Line Press.  He lives near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

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