rilke asked 
among the order of angels 
would hear him 
if he screamed. 
yet rilke's shriek 
must count among 
a canon of holy sound: 
voices of that full trinity 
of aramaic/czech/austro-hungarian 
christ - kafka - rilke... 

i on the other mouth 
scream until my alveoli 
and should any 
from the lowest order 
of angels 
be listening, 
that angel would no doubt dismiss 
it as middle-class misery: 
"how shallow such pain; 
when will he learn 
to suffer properly?" 

        - r. hacken