Five year old on her knees

eyes closed to her world

hands clasped, or cupping air

in prayer

to the God of Man

 

Five year old at her desk

draws a stick figure Jesus

smiling sun with a face

beside puffy white clouds

veiling heaven

 

Religion, Religare

Green-eyed, earth bound

assassin of the spirit

False security of thy balustrade

Imprisons my soul

 

The young woman prays

As it was, so it shall ever be

Five years old on her knees

Eyes closed and averted

from judgment

 

“Bless me father, for I have sinned,”

I have killed the Buddha

served sour milk to Ganesh

I’ve eaten swine on the Sabbath

and worn white after Labor Day

 

Five years old at her desk

Defined by adolescent artistry

and faith

draws a stick figure Jesus

for her daughters and sons

 

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