rejoice alone

so this is the time to be alone, and rejoice. your heart is still whole after all these years. when there was nothing save the sidewalk salt, cigarettes in the gutter and unwashed skin— it was for naught but now. you were made to button shirts, read bright-covered books. run your hands through the puzzle … More rejoice alone

small things

the tenderness of small things; apricots lush velvet in the palm of your hand, filigree spider web. how quietly an ant breathes. slow journey of caterpillar to leaf, dawn to dusk. I found a down feather today, perhaps a bird will bloom from it. … © 2019 Anna-Christina Betekhtin, All Rights Reserved.

Noah’s Lament

Lord, you know I was no man of renown in those days of old, when there were giants in the earth. Good men walked straight then, but there was no rest for the wicked or the saint when the Lord decided that he could not wait for the thing he did not have. Good men … More Noah’s Lament