Poetry

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“Disruption” by Kristen Ridge

Young Aunt Carol saw you cradling the eggs from the henhouse in your apron caressing the creamy shells under the slow stream of tap water. This devoted attention, soft acts...

“They Offered Me a Paradise” by Abigail Tenney

They offered me a paradise If I followed down the road. A choice if I would pay the price And sacrifice my home. I fell into their trap And...

“Parables” by Caitlin Connolly

I prefer parables to these lines about lines of fine print and even finer print of the precepts you print and publish and prescribe for me. and for all the fine...

“To Know” by Ashley Belle Harris

You walked under the trees of the garden Fingertips touching each braille of bark You Paused, Listening so carefully to the breeze moving every branch, that you began...

“Communion” by Elise Christine

I lay my hands on your head To give you a blessing. Like my ancestors. My three times great-grandmothers Who kneaded dough and then healed. Calling out for god Ministering...

“Faith” by Lorraine Jeffery

I know without a shadow of a doubt. The certainty – an unassailable wall for my fifteen-year-old mind. The cold stone barring the warmth of — Belonging. Doubts swoop...

“Cycles of Faith” by Esther Phipps

Faith isn’t like a seed It’s a garden grown within. Winter flowers bloom in chill As daisies burst in spring Leaves once bright in autumn Rot away in mud...

“Shallow Waters” by Megan K. Palmer

The shallow waters tip me over Make me sway and bend and fall I try to reach out but they pull me down I think they will...

“Imposter” by Alixa Brobbey

You carry yourself like a leftover meal, your back an arched rib bone. You think yourself alone in doubts, alone in the way your arteries stretch your yearnings...

“During the Sacrament” by Carol Lynn Pearson

The eight-year-old, newly baptized takes the blessed bit of bread from the silver tray in her brother’s...
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