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142| Before the Tribulation

Maggie O'Connor


Come home and let's drink a spell.
Sort all this out. Church this morning —
actions all at once providing guilt.
And contradiction. Absolution. Pitchers
of dark & stormy wait for you on the porch.
Or perhaps the call for something stronger
to hold all this up. In the meantime, I think
I shall avoid God and the Holy Spirit; but
Jesus in Omaha haunts the small parts of me.
The space behind my ear. The crease below
by protruding hip bone. His promised return.

Maggie O'Connor owns a bookstore in Eureka Springs, Arkansas. Her one woman show, Mrs. Dalloway Goes to Dixie, is currently playing in Los Angeles.

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