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Poetic Responses to Psalms and Scripture



O Lord, you know all my longing:

my groans are not hidden from you.


                   Psalm 38:9




that’s what I long for—

the freedom of dismantling


brick after brick

the wall named

“how I want to be seen.”


Think of the light!

Morning streaking through poplar leaves,

Noon unbridled beating the roof,


and in late evening

by the gardenias, moonlight,

soothing as I wait for you.


Still, I can’t live naked.

My skin won’t allow it.

Even with you I feel need

for shelter.


A veil or a window,

whatever I choose—

Please, my Lord, take care

to look through.


-- 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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