by Phil Flott
A dizzying hot day A pneumatic nail gun Shot me in the foot. My hand on the ‘hair’ trigger, I’d bumped the gun on my boot. That drove a three-inch nail Through my toe. I rolled on my back, The nail sticking out my sole, Bloodless, painless Those first few seconds. “Will you back this out?” I asked cousin Butch, Who usually worked As relaxed as he partied. He looked at me, Blood drained from his tanned face. He gritted his teeth, Concentrated his carpentry skills To back the pain of steel out. He clawed it, Separated me from anodized steel. I was saved, Flesh freed from pain. For his action of love, I asked the Father To redeem Butch’s life. In his final sickness, I visited Butch in the hospital. Flat on his back, His dark eyes appealed to the Savior Who, snatching the residuals Of sin from Butch, Freed him into life eternal.
“By the nails that pierced his flesh he destroyed the foundations of hell.” – Basil of Seleucia
Phil Flott is a retired Catholic priest. He has recently been published in Poetic Sun, Vita Poetica, In Time of Singing, and many others.