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Have you ever desired
a carwash for the soulrushed
right up to those
retractable doors to drive
right in let the gush & spray
wash away mud-splatters
& grease? You knew didn’t you?
you’d still have to face that bang
clang under your hood

Have you ever desired
a soul mechanic? You knew didn’t you?
you’d bristle at repair suggestions
implying your ride’s no good

Imagine if you can a wrecking
yard a refiner’s fire & a high-end
custom shop all-in-one
where everything we are & everything
we do is made new where the pitch-perfect roar
from your ignition rings in
a cloudless spring evening so cleanly
that freshly-paved highways spread to the horizon
& far beyond for the likes of us
to glisten among the stars

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D.S. Martin

D.S. Martin is the author of five poetry collections, including Angelicus (2021), Ampersand (2018), and Conspiracy of Light: Poems Inspired by the Legacy of C.S. Lewis (2013) — all from Cascade Books. He is Poet-in-Residence at McMaster Divinity College, the Series Editor for the Poiema Poetry Series. He and his wife live in Brampton, Ontario; they have two adult sons.


  • Rena says:

    What a treat to look forward to each month, DSMartin’s modern take onJohn Donne’s sonnets in the Metaphysical series. It never disappoints. Wonderful imagery. And true to Donne’s essence

  • Laurie Klein says:

    “The Teacher searched
    to find just the right words,
    and what he wrote was
    upright and true (Ec. 12:10).

  • S Cowger says:

    Splendid use of questions and repeated answers to the questions that are themselves questions. Such is life. I was surprised by how the end swings open wide in such a generous way, in the same almost unbelievably broad way, that finding myself saved does. A good truth.

  • Sarah Klassen says:

    An engaging conversation –your contemporary response to John Donne’s metaphysical poems.

  • Sarah Klassen says:

    An interesting project, pairing contemporary verse with with Donne’s sonnets in language that’s aware of both the material and the spiritual.