|Issue 5:||October 2020|
|Poem:||172 words [R]|
Or maybe He never shuts up. You tell me. Think of supernovas and the blind seed cracked open, ecstatic with moisture, the utter generosity of something rather than nothing. And here come the penguins. Is that silence? In what language? It’s like this— every morning God lifts the nuclear sun in His bare hands and remakes the world instant by instant and not once does He say “you owe me.” Darwin raised his doubts. Could a caterpillar eaten alive from the inside out by the larvae of a parasitic wasp be the art of God’s love? The very idea... And yes, the God of hurricanes and stillborns, our Lord of disease and life-giving death. We recognize His touch, His wicked humor and His tenderness, all of us His masterpieces, no choice and no exceptions. So I ask God, “Am I making You up?” And He speaks to me. “Honey, of course you are.” The true, the original work comes out of the blue and God is the blue.
—Published previously in The Windhover (Volume 19, Spring 2015); appears here with poet’s permission
is the author of two books of poetry: The Glass Children (The University of Georgia Press) and Success Stories (Limestone Books). He is also the author of a memoir, Catholic by Choice (Loyola Press). His poems and essays have been published in The New Yorker, Poetry, Hudson Review, Sun Magazine, Barrow Street, Diode, The American Journal of Poetry, Ruminate, Dappled Things, Image Journal, and various anthologies. Honors include an NEA fellowship and a Bush Foundation grant. Cole works as a painter and business writer in Austin, Texas.
More at: www.richard-cole.net
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