Rotund, blossoms like chestnut halves
Burst forth from her khaki short-shorts, even the squirrels
Would be alarmed, and at her age?
Tight buns peek like perfectly browned morning muffins awaiting butter….
True they are worthy of attention-agreed.
But let us not steal the light of the newborn, the first meeting of Jesus,
As he filters moral goodness
Down upon the mid morning darkness of the church.
Light filters through the chapel as tenderly as the waters of blessed salvation
sprinkle down upon newborn skin
Like an answer to a lingering question.
Hope and eternal redemption are hand in hand with baptism
Bronzed cheeks are hand in hand with string bikinis on a poolside cabana.
How does one compete with a wordless confession
as blatant as this?
Perhaps she does not know how to pray?