A poem a day in April from Rutgers English PhD students and friends.

Saturday, April 9, 2016


The image of the children in their white gloves, genuflecting. Jane seizing the other kid's hands and they dance. Can you help me put away these blocks? If I should die before I wake: that's a famously upsetting prayer. Do we want her to be exposed to that? If you could, would you tear out that one inch of your own flesh. Oh yes, we reassure the teacher, the Unitarian Church has a long and fascinating history. But they may not believe in the divinity of Christ. Oh but I'm Catholic, you know. Lying on the rug next to Jane's crib I say "take my hand, take my whole life too." Her little hand snaking through the bars. It is really dark in there.

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