The Body Brings

The Body Brings

reflecting on the woman with the issue of blood from Matthew 9 You do not need to think your way to faith fierce enough to frighten fragility into a footnote. You do not need to lace your lips with lustrous prayers or pound your chest in penance for the puzzle of your...
Scar on the Cheek

Scar on the Cheek

The kiss on the cheek planted swift, turns to thorny scratch, burns long and thin, drips red on black dirt. Fragile petals live a breath away, a thin vein from death. Roses keep distant, far from drawn swords ready to impale petal-skin. Repent and attempt to pluck...
Mice

Mice

At 3:00 am, sleep skitters across the room, a shy mouse, out of reach. I lie in the dark and hear more of them in the walls, the ceiling: old decisions, choices long past, regrets, sorrows, fears, yellow-toothed and dirty, chewing wires. At this rate lights will...
Purpose

Purpose

His purpose was to create in himself one new humanity out of the two, thus making peace. Ephesians 2:15 Two broken entities. Colors shouting back and forth to each other: You are one. I am the other. He has already made us One. He has broken down the wall of...
Free

Free

A winter tomb. A cavern womb. A lodge for pain.  Grief branches into limbs and sinew and marrow. Ache lingers there. Warm brown arms envelope this tomb. Breath buries into her bosom. “Release that pain!” Her prayer over me unfurls its rooted hold. Tendrils of freedom...

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