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 Let the path beat me down.
 Let the weather and no covering beat me down.
 Let the sun be my undoing.
 Let Ksenofondos Monastery shrink behind me, until I lose all
 Let me lose the road to where I lose all hope.
 Let this path diverge unto my ruin, and beat me down.
 Let all the elements of the earth beat me down.
 Let the manuscript of my sins beat me down.
 Let God thunder and kingdom come to beat me down.
 Let me uncover my shame and give over my life.
 Let me repent until repentance breaks me.
 Let this path beat me down.
 Let me learn the word for water is the same as the word for
 Let the path beat me down, as I lie on its body and give up
 Let me let go of the bag I own, the book, the pen, the dry bottle.
 Let me own none of it.
 Let me own nothing of myself.
 Let the dust of my footsteps be tracked over by the wolves.
 Let me die on these rocks, and my body be discovered in days.
 Let my hands be found bloody with climbing the scree.
 Let the oblique ascension of stars slant over my body.
 Let the solemn silence of night be my liturgy.
 Let God thunder and beat me down.
 Where is the monastic, and where the scribe?
 Where is the wise to beat me down?
 Let the path beat me down.
 Let the path lead me to my other self.
 Let the smell of water waken what I walked for.
 Let my face be transformed.
 Let my face be transfigured from my life.
 Let the world be beaten down as I wobble up again.
 Let me go back to my family changed.
 Let the path beat me down.
 Let this path beat me down.
 Let the path break me as I come,
 to be this broken, this blessed.

Nicholas Samaras originates from Patmos, Greece, but writes from a place of permanent exile. He has lived in Patmos and Thessaloniki in Greece and in England, Switzerland, Yugoslavia, Israel, and the United States. His first book, Hands of the Saddlemaker, won the Yale Series of Younger Poets Award. Currently, he lives in West Nyack, New York, where he is completing his next manuscript of poetry, "Simko," based on the life of the Slovak poet and translator Svetozar Daniel Simko. Samaras has also just completed a 300-page memoir, "The Lost City of Pekin," detailing the first dozen years of his underground life. Above, the author at Simonos Petras Monastery on Mount Athos, Greece.
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Title Annotation:Four Poems
Author:Samaras, Nicholas
Publication:World Literature Today
Article Type:Poem
Date:Mar 1, 2009
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