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Chapel, Chapel: The Jonathan Sutra No. 1

Chapel, Chapel: The Jonathan Sutra No. 1 Iggy Shuler Outside, in the forest— An early thaw. A falling branch slices open a bird’s nest. I think of you as a fox, shedding its winter skin The back of your head, bowed in prayer, a new light, Your hand in your father’s hand, I think of your hands. The hymns, a turning sound in our voices, a glance Heavenward, your family a row in front of mine, a morning Glory turning its head to the sky. I think of your sky. Your voice in the choir. I think of you often. I think of you, in the wake of your sister’s death, Gathering eggs in the henhouse across the pasture. Sunday afternoon, I pick blackberries in the forest. Late morning light, counting each one as I go. Even this is a form of prayer, a wanting to breathe A held breath // I think of you when I eat the first blackberries of the season. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Prairie Schooner University of Nebraska Press

Chapel, Chapel: The Jonathan Sutra No. 1

Prairie Schooner , Volume 93 (3) – Dec 21, 2019

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Abstract

Iggy Shuler Outside, in the forest— An early thaw. A falling branch slices open a bird’s nest. I think of you as a fox, shedding its winter skin The back of your head, bowed in prayer, a new light, Your hand in your father’s hand, I think of your hands. The hymns, a turning sound in our voices, a glance Heavenward, your family a row in front of mine, a morning Glory turning its head to the sky. I think of your sky. Your voice in the choir. I think of you often. I think of you, in the wake of your sister’s death, Gathering eggs in the henhouse across the pasture. Sunday afternoon, I pick blackberries in the forest. Late morning light, counting each one as I go. Even this is a form of prayer, a wanting to breathe A held breath // I think of you when I eat the first blackberries of the season.

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Prairie SchoonerUniversity of Nebraska Press

Published: Dec 21, 2019

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