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Rapture

The white girls did it.  I knew this but did not turn my head to seek confirmation. I played dumb, staring straight ahead at Sister Clare as she continued her poetry lesson. How could the little nun go on discussing metaphors when, right in front of her, one of her seventh graders had turned to stone?  Sister Clare loved metaphors.…

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Say Trinity

Say Trinity and I don’t see the page of a catechism or a neatly drawn triangle composed of double-tipped arrows and I don’t see an egg with yolk white and shell or water as ice liquid and vapor, and if you say Trinity I don’t hear the doxology or a pastor baptizing in the name of Father Son and Spirit…

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Ebenezer

And as Samuel was offering up the burnt offering, the Philistines drew near. —1 Samuel 7 KJV They looked up and vowed they’d never forget that loud pealing of the heavens. Or how  the panicked Philistines fled. They’d always remember this victory roar,  this swell in their chests, and would never forget this song, this dance, this praise to him who helped. They…

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Noah Takes Inventory

I had cows. I brought feed. I had counting and checklists. I had wonder, each peacock’s feathers a different shade of blue, no green exactly the same.  I had justice, a sense of right and wrong. I had fear and paranoia. I built the ark quickly before the clouds gathered. I had caretaking. I stocked my wife’s favorite pillows, my…

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Parthenogenesis

Parthenogenesis:when a female snakeconceives without male contact. Most articles also give the definition(virgin birth, in Latin)since it’s such a heavy word. Still, not evenall those stolid syllables or the beat it takes my brainto match them to their meaning can keep away the dizzinessthat hits me as I’m tryingto hold it in my mind:       how she swelled past      any logic we’d…

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