This poem was originally published in Issue 19 of Fathom Magazine.
Watch her drift beyond shore’s edge
Body half risen, half submerged
Observed by faithfuls on the bank
Robed white as if for rapture.
Watch preacher dunk her under
The cool, murky shallow & up
Into searing midday sunlight.
Watch sisters receive her with
A towel & embraces
like a newborn damp & alive.
Watch her take to the road alone
At service end, returning
To her own sacred ground that
Heals scars water alone cannot
Cleanse, that full immersion cannnot
His return was not an Ode to Joy, But a quiet oratorio publicly unannounced. “Oratorio”
His return was
not an Ode to Joy,
But a quiet oratorio
She, a devoted fan,
was his first listener
Reacting, at first, as one does
to the loss of an old friend.
voice makes this new tune
old for her again, resurrecting
lessons at his feet &
works of wonder & mercy.
His solo proclaims another hope
implied in apologues & private revelations.
A pre-release track, so to speak,
promoting the real thing.
& she carries with her
this comeback song
Ready to be heard by those
with ears to hear.