Academic journal article Dialogue : A Journal of Mormon Thought

Christus

Academic journal article Dialogue : A Journal of Mormon Thought

Christus

Article excerpt

As a child first, the ramp was

forever. Walking, counting stars, planetgazing,

still walking; music playing, missionaries talking.

Your feet, eye-level, substantial and white, perfect

toenails and rounded scars;

My big heart and small

hands reached out to touch You.

Adolescent next, early spring and crowded square

And me alone meant surfing waves of tourists until I found

an interesting one; that day a Jewish one.

Their questions, sprinkling like April showers, made

dappled testifiers of not just missionaries but me too.

We sang, "As I Have Loved You." The Jews sang in Hebrew;

Their tour stopped outside.

Heart burning, tears running, I climbed the ramp in leaps

And saw Your hands stretched out still,

Like an embrace I wanted to fill.

Jaded then, that accidental night, I figured,

looking down from the ramp,

You knew I was there. Your words in music

called like forever, but I just stopped in to

get warm. …

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