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Apr 26, 2012 | 0 comments

Secret Friends

by Jessica Bell

biblis

“Biblis,” oil on canvas, by William-Adolphe Bouguereau, 1884.

I don’t know how to pray,
but I’ve seen them do it
on TV; kneeling by a bed
in nightgowns, hands woven
like secret friends.

What do they say
when they embrace;
fingers side by side
like crayons in a box?

I’ve seen how children whisper
to fingers held close
to chins—Can fingers speak?
Well, of course, they can
when they’re deaf,
but I can hear.

Perhaps that’s why
I don’t know how to pray.

Published 26 April 2012

Jessica Bell is the author of the novel String Bridge as well as two poetry collections: Twisted Velvet Chains and Fabric. She lives in Athens, Greece. In August 2012 she will host the Homeric Writers’ Retreat & Workshop on the Greek island of Ithaca.

 

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