Creative Writing

The Making

The Making 748 400 Prasanta Verma

Scattered, broken particles must be remade after life on earth snaps, crushes each bone, sinew, and organ into first-born molecules Dust catches in throat— chokes irrelevancy Smeared ashes reconstruct into…

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Flammable

Flammable 1920 1079 Prasanta Verma

Approaching flames warm hands and wake the mind, sparks sear the heart, ignite fiber of truth— a thread of hunger burns. Dust catches fire, blazes across centuries— a line is…

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All There Is Is Everything

All There Is Is Everything 1920 1280 Patrick Connors

Beautiful vision, born of barren Earth Can’t really sense how we don’t understand Until seasons in time when we’re not blind Won’t see all You said all along is true…

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Healing The Wounded Inner Child

Healing The Wounded Inner Child 800 559 Catherine Lawton

You waited while I caught up with you, child in me; Till I could see what you could see and set you free. You waited with courage and watched with…

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Striped

Striped 1280 853 Prasanta Verma

I choke on dust, wreckage of world, and my crushed bones of existence. Painful agonies—     what breathing soul     is exempt from knowing? While the world continues doubling and…

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Summer

Summer 1920 1276 Jeremy Lane

The sun is forcing mid-morning light through the curtains by the time your eyes are open and the whir of the air conditioner is the only sound. What time is it?…

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Revival Widow

Revival Widow 1920 1280 Renee Emerson

“After the joy and satisfaction of knowing that I am his by rights—and his forever—I will slip into the background. In short be a lost life. Lost in Bill’s. “ Ruth Bell Graham …

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Before I Boarded The Train

Before I Boarded The Train 1920 1080 Renee Emerson

–Corrie Ten Boom I strung up a Bible between my shoulder blades, felt its reassuring pat pat, our bodies just bodies packed together in filth, cattled  toward the camp.  My father hid people …

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Christian Confessional

Christian Confessional 1920 1280 Aidan Rogers

Let’s get something straight – as Christians, we are not immune from the same kind of thinking that the world has about prayer (or about any number of other spiritual…

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How To Stay In Church: A Field Guide

How To Stay In Church: A Field Guide 1920 1280 Aaron J. Smith

I didn’t want to leave. I didn’t want to be another exit story, another dissatisfied customer, another exvangelical. I wanted to stay, to affect change, to help heal the wounds…

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Stop Absolving God

Stop Absolving God 1920 1033 Laura Jean Truman

It is a shame to try to use our logic to absolve God when our hearts are breaking. Everything happens for a reason, says the preacher, but we have lost…

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When All That Is Left Is Jesus

When All That Is Left Is Jesus 1920 1211 Kaitlin Curtice

Someone recently asked me, “Why on earth are you still going to church? You, of all people?”   They were referring to my indigenous ancestors, to things like colonialism, genocide,…

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