Over The Falls

Over The Falls

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Breezing on the breath of God we trust to the edge,
sails brave with stirred spirit. We will rush
smooth in sun always, we think, the lapis sky
opens to fill us with theophany, honey
from the rock, bottomless oil jugs, kisses not clouds

yet thunder comes, blackness presses, we plummet
over the falls, a rushing vortex of dark confusion,
into freefall, chaos.

Shooting, merciless waterfall
rumbles, taunts: Now where
is your help? In the
crashing centrifuge
thoughts fracture, sink.

Hope grapples, shreds.
Losses mount, rocks
sharply part our ways.
Once-graceful shapes
Shatter into jagged
shards of self.

Velocity grips, twists
us away, apart, anew,
a shimmering,sure
splintering. Love casts a
fearless choice of
abandon, overcoming
we plunge into riverhead of
joy
rippling hearts now strangely, infinitely whole, a glint upon the waters,
home.


 

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Laura Reece Hogan

Laura Reece Hogan’s poetry chapbook O Garden-Dweller will be published in July 2017 by Finishing Line Press. This short poetry collection is a reimagining of the classic poetic text of the Song of Songs and what it might mean today in terms of how we seek out the divine in our own backyards, literally and figuratively. Laura’s poetry has appeared in The Christian Century, PILGRIM: A Journal of Catholic Experience, The Penwood Review, The Windhover, and other publications. Her book, I Live, No Longer I (Wipf & Stock, 2017), examines Paul’s spirituality of suffering, transformation, and joy. She earned a J.D. from the University of California, Los Angeles School of Law, and a M.A. in theology from St. John’s Seminary in Camarillo, California. She lives in Southern California with her family. You can find her online at www.laurareecehogan.com, and follow her on Twitter @laurarhogan.

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