In my mind,
my son cannot be nowhere, and yet I cannot imagine
where he is, except here, growing older inside me.”
I remember you in your final atonement, how calm you were.
Though you couldn’t tell me, you understood the names hidden in the dusk.
That was terrorism,
she says. I know evil.
. . . I love her and how do we
explain her?Read More
I hear these words in your voice no matter who says them, in the well-water smell of the basement, by the artificial tree you and she would one day put a sheet over, so you never had to take it down or put it up again.Read More
Because we die, we all die, and the oak lives,
those imagined rings like so many glasses
If there is
a God, is there such a thing
as holy regret for what he’s made?Read More
Why pray for the dead if not for this,
for God’s speed on their journey, home,
beneath the burden of the proof they bear.
Suffering, I once believed, was a human privilege,
but in that moment I watched as God
died, as God witnessed.
The dead who walk the streets might be a relic of the past, something your Sicilian grandma might tell you about, but the Sanctuary of the Souls of the Beheaded is very much alive.Read More
It’s sugar that makes fruit gel. Sugar preserves. Sugar is an everyday miracle. It causes fruit to retain its bright color, until it is brighter than it ever was on the tree. Heat and sugar alchemize to turn a jar of jam into a glowing jewel.Read More