Creating Verse

by Ethan McGuire

Creating verse, here I sit
before unrolled parchment,
a member of a creative family
harmoniously furthering imagination
even during extended disharmony.

It’s labor but not laborious when we look
to the beginning: We’re just copying God.
At our pace, we add our own strokes,
but the painting is revealed by God

through hands and fingers,
through pens, paint, and paper.

Ethan McGuire is a writer and a healthcare cybersecurity professional whose essays, fiction, poetry, and reviews have appeared in Calla PressThe DispatchEmerald Coast ReviewFoundling HouseLiterary MattersThe New Verse NewsTime of Singing, and The University Bookman, among other publications. He lives with his wife and their daughter in the Florida Panhandle on the Gulf of Mexico.

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