Magazine article First Things; A Monthly Journal of Religion and Public Life

Thumblings

Magazine article First Things; A Monthly Journal of Religion and Public Life

Thumblings

Article excerpt

Far more than Once Upon a Time,

A lonely would-be single-mom

Wished for a child, and one soon came,

Not in the usual way- but sprung

From golden seed of barley corn

Sold by a fairy. And when it bloomed,

A little unborn maiden stood

Among the flower's velvet stems,

So small, a shell served for her bed.

She slept beneath a counterpane

Of rose leaves, till a thieving toad

Abducted the unknowing child

To make her the unwilling bride

Of darkness in an underworld

Of labyrinthine tunnels where

A blind mole made his fetid den.

Or else a couple who bemoaned

Their childlessness conceived a son

Curled like a cashew in the womb,

A shadow pulsing like a drum

No bigger than his father's thumb,

Like pictures on a sonogram,

And in but three months, out came Tom. …

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