What can anyone not on a cross say to someone on it?

The shipwrecked spell
in bits of sail, clothing,
ripped sheets, shells,

in whatever is around,

a message

illegible on the ground.

—Elizabeth Poreba


This poem was written in response to the daily readings from Meeting Christ in Prayer.

Published in the 2012-04-20 issue: View Contents
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Elizabeth Poreba is a retired New York City high-school English teacher. Her poems have appeared in Commonweal and the Journal of Feminist Studies in Religion among other journals. Wipf and Stock has published two collections of her work, Vexed and Self Help: A Guide for the Retiring. Her latest chapbook, New Lebanon, is available for advanced order at finishinglinepress.org. More of her work can be found at elizabethporeba.com.

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