by Steven Wingate
I cannot hear your whispering voice that guides me to the poems, and thus the poems won’t let me inside them. They know I don’t have the key that lets them shower from my mouth like water from a stone giant spilling downward which is how it feels on the best days when words come, forged by another tongue. No words today: no holy whisper pressing my ear, guiding my fingers. Only the desire to feel your breath against my expectant lobes, waiting for clues to the why and how of our belonging to earth, our belonging to you in ways we see and not see: ways beneath our sense and need for truth. For are poems not holy whispers distilled, slowed so we can comprehend?
Steven Wingate is the author of the novels The Leave-Takers (2021) and Of Fathers and Fire (2019), both part of the Flyover Fiction Series from the University of Nebraska Press. He is an associate professor at South Dakota State University. His writings on faith and culture have appeared in such venues as Image Journal’s “Good Letters” blog, The Cresset, Dappled Things, The Windhover, The Other Journal, Talking Writing, Solum Journal, Assisi, and Belmont Story Review.