On the day I called

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Poetic Responses to Psalms and Scripture

I thank you, Lord, with all my heart,

you have heard the words of my mouth.


On the day I called you answered;

you increased the strength of my soul.


                             Ps. 138:1a,3


I sent my daughter to school

without her raincoat,



She'll canter home soaking wet.

I'll strain my wrist

yanking tangles from her hair.


If I bother my friends

it's no wonder,

ranting about these

and a hundred other worries.


But I can't phone them now.

My cell went dead last week

after I dropped it in a puddle.


My tongue flails

like a fire hose blasting water

with no one to hold it.


Still, today, I feel better.

The sun shines, proud of itself.

The sky beams. 




-- 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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