The Two Lords of Amherst
The two Lords, Jeffery and Jehovah, side by side
Proclaim that hospitality lives and Jesus died.
Jeffery in whitewashed brick, Jehovah in gray
Both testify man does not live by bread alone.
From sacred love to bed and board and love
One could dart back and forth and not get wet in
How providentially inclusive the design:
Here are the cocktails, here the sacramental
Here is the holy, here the not-so-holy host.
Here are the potted palms and here the Holy
Tell, if you can and will, which is more richly
The guest Jehovah entertains or Jeffery's guest.
Robert Francis: Collected Poems:
University of Massachusetts Press, © 1985.
Reprinted by permission.