Academic journal article Dialogue : A Journal of Mormon Thought

The Skin of the Story

Academic journal article Dialogue : A Journal of Mormon Thought

The Skin of the Story

Article excerpt

Three of her children were taken:

one whispered

out of life by a flapping heart,

one stoned in the head by a tumor,

one catapulted through a windshield

into the hereafter.

Unable to pierce God, to fathom

his depths, she bargained for the others:

If you need a life, take mine. Then came

disintegrating veins,

her feet roped,

swollen purple;

the fall in Mexico, no words

to tell the doctor

he set the unbroken leg;

threatened blindness,

the chiseling of her eye sockets;

replacement of her color

by a blankness one

brain cell at a time.

This is the skin of the story

that held her together:

six children prospered.

When she broke her neck

on the stairs

after her last child's wedding,

she believed she had cracked

God's code:

what he meant by

marrow

in the bones. …

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