by Laura Felleman
Had forgotten about the end How it ends Matthew The Gospel of Matthew How it ended It’s ending in whiteness of lightning Blazing The angelic clothing How it begins Beginning in whiteness of terror The guarding Angel The color leaves them How they end Had forgotten about the angel descending Visible In an earthquake How it began The women at the tomb after dawn That first day walking To the tomb where it ended Mariam and Maria at an end to behold Struck by lightning Those keeping guard quaking like death Trembling to white The tombstone Rolling Perching on it, preaching, the angel He is risen The women running It begins In terror With great joy Who would believe?
Currently, Laura Felleman is an accountant at the University of Iowa. Before that, she was a seminary professor. Prior to that, she was a pastor. She moved to Iowa City with her husband in 2016 and started writing poetry soon afterwards. She credits the Free Generative Writing Workshops with her growth as a poet. To give back to the writing community, she organizes a writers’ open mic at the public library (or via Zoom during the pandemic) and serves on the advisory council of Iowa City Poetry. Her first chapbook, The Length of a Clenched Fist, is forthcoming from Finishing Line Press.