by Ethan McGuire
I try to talk to Jesus, but sometimes I still talk to the Devil too. I try to grow the good fruit, but my worst sins are the ones I can’t undo. I try to read the Bible, but I keep on drifting to, through, past the rules. I try to humble myself, but my knees-bent prayers keep judging many fools. I try to love the whole church, but they keep their eyes on me as if I’ve sinned. I try to tell them stories, but the best ones I must ever still amend. I am both tame and untamed, but I want to go beyond and remain wild. I try to keep remembering the way God saved me when I was a child. I see God throughout nature, yet I cannot help but see the Devil too in all the death and killing and unnatural deeds which I cannot undo.
Ethan McGuire is a writer and a healthcare cybersecurity professional whose essays, fiction, poetry, and reviews have appeared in Calla Press, The Dispatch, Emerald Coast Review, Foundling House, Literary Matters, The New Verse News, Time 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.