Nov/Dec 2021 • Vol. XLIII No. 6 Poetry |

Our Lady of Thread

What if, as if believing, I pray / and see what happens? —Jennifer Bullis crisis always in medias res —Kristin George Bagdanov My heretic mouth stuffed with doubt. Unpick the seam, draw the batting out. My tongue a succulent, barbed. Reverse pin cushion. Your thimble & leather gloves. Remove these spines. Lady, will you leave your silk & cotton threads, your crewel wool & needle? Your needy children call. We have not been good. Your steady hands & skillful suture we haven’t earned. We’ve struck match after match to break the earth’s itch, set its lungs on fire, watched it all burn, wild with clapping. How fine are you at mending flames? Patching up the ash of apocalypse? Next week, the doctor will take a bonesaw to my father’s sternum, crack open the cage of his ribs to expose his heart swollen with regurgitated blood to five times the normal size. Lady, be my father’s surgeon’s hands. Be suture & dissolvable filament & wire. Yesterday, the global

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