the woman with a hemorrhage

by Sister Lou Ella Hickman

mark 5:25-34

unlike the doctors who failed 
to stop her dark flow 
my guess    
as a woman with a similar health issue 
it was zero estrogen  
that depleted her life   her savings 
but not her faith 
how could those men have known then 
much less cured her secret 
that became her public shame 
the loss in what they did not know 
sent her  the lost  to Him 

Sister Lou Ella is a widely published poet. She published her first book of poetry in 2015 entitled she: robed and wordless. She was twice nominated for the Pushcart Prize.

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