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Poetic Responses to Psalms and Scripture

Glorify the Lord with me.

Together let us praise his name.

I sought the Lord and he answered me;

from all my terrors he set me free.


                    Ps. 34:3-4


Come with me to the playhouse my father

built in the backyard.

Come, play this game of being

family—mommy, daddy—

with imaginary plates to carry

our food,

together, here

inside these plain plank walls.


I’ll eat first, then you take a bite.

The grassy floor holds up more than

the two of us.

Mother’s peach tree leans near the fence

to the neighbors’ yard, and beyond

that live even more people.


Just wonder,

on any sunny day, are we not the only

children who look

into each other’s faces wanting


-- 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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