Praise! Praise!

by Debbie Felio

sun 
full moon
eclipse
sunrise
sunsets
midnight 
midday
energy
exhaustion
awakenings
and sleep

creatures in trees 
burrowed
and nested
sweet of wild rose
tinge of burning bush

friendships
exes
equinoxes
baptisms
memorials
celebrations
wine and bread
shared tables

hospitals
cemeteries
storm shelters
cathedrals
homeless camps
tattoos and piercings
battle scars

saffron robed buddhist
white shirted and 
black tied missionaries
street corner prophet
high priests
and those who declare
none of the above

Praise! Praise!
to God 
in our midst.

Debbie Felio is a late in life witness poet exploring and writing on the mundane, the miraculous and the under-represented sides of historic and current issues. She continues her lifelong pursuit of finding God in the smallest places in life, and admitting the challenges of faith when the world is in chaos. Her work is published online and in print, including anthologies Hay(na)ku 15 ( Eileen Tabios, editor); Minnie’s Diary, A Southern Literary Review October (2018) ;and Gabriel’s Horn:Startled by Joy and Startled by Nature (2020), Refuse to Stay Silent (2020) a collection by Colorado artists commemorating the centennial of the 19th amendment, and I-70 Review Anthology, 2022. Her untitled cherita sequence was a published finalist in the MacQueens’s Quarterly March 2021 ekphrastic challenge.

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