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Poetic Responses to Psalms and Scripture


You are loving with those who love you:

you show yourself perfect with the perfect.

With the sincere you show yourself sincere

but the cunning you outdo in cunning.

Ps. 18


Stop near a mirror

in the moonlit dark.


Whose eyes do you notice

glancing sideways

for a peek at you?


I know!

Sullen girl, worried boy—

what is bothering you now?


You look away

believing you know something

your reflection can't.


But Radiance

shimmers through whites of eyes,

even the ones you pretend you don't see

hidden in your own head!



but face your Face.

Don't falter.




-- By:  Ms. Karen Jessee, OP - - a member of the Dominican Laity, St. Mary Magdelene Group in Raleigh, NC.  She writes and teaches, living with her husband and children near Chapel Hill, North Carolina.


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