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Poetic Responses to Psalms and Scripture



O God, do not stay far off:

my God, make haste to help me!


                              —Psalm 71:12




You?  Mine?

I don’t think so.


I’ll tell you what’s mine—

the shattered sunroom window,

my daughter with a flooding gash

across her foot and you

as far away as the hospital.


Concerned friends assure me

you hover nearby,

 palpable as steam.


My eight year-old son knows

when you come to his room

you’ll fly billowing

thick ribbons of black gauze.


I remind him, white.

But how do I know?


I’ll tell you what’s mine.


Whatever’s broken,

and my foot.


-- By:  Ms. Karen Jessee, OP - - a member of the Dominican Laity, St. Mary Magdelene Group in Raleigh, NC.  She writes and teaches, living with her husband and children near Chapel Hill, North Carolina.


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