Academic journal article Dialogue : A Journal of Mormon Thought

Viewing Kershisnik's Nativity

Academic journal article Dialogue : A Journal of Mormon Thought

Viewing Kershisnik's Nativity

Article excerpt

A child, a little girl of four,

a balled string of curiosity,

had to touch the canvas

where an angel in white,

turning from the Nazarene,

looked out to jubilate.

Who could blame her?

The angel flowed in a choir

of angels, a river of white robe

that swam around the Holy Child,

as stunning as the melting snow cap

of Timpanogos under sunlight.

Oils of the hand soil the paint,

the mother explained, dull the color.

But what if the hand turned luminous

instead, absorbed that seraphic dazzle

until it glowed like the moon?

What if the milky light coursed ahead

to the girl's heart, flooded the body,

until finally it lifted and swirled her,

heel to crown, into the painting

to join the anthem? …

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