For the Faithless Minister, Falls County, TX


You’ve heard it said, without God there is no morality. You’ll lose everything. When your grandmother looks at you she’ll see you burning forever in agony. In the mirror your face will seem foreign as a burial mask. You’ll lose your means for repentance. This will make it hard to heal. For a while, the birds will seem like ash arranged in the shape of birds, the eyes of your wife like empty wells, as she pleads with you to be what you were before. Find it in yourself to feel forgiven. You’ll turn in your key on a Friday in the summer, go out on the land to the old oak, sacred place of your youth, pray into the black. Wait in the darkness for an answer. Know at last He’s never coming back.

LANDON McGEE is a poet from Central Texas. He currently lives in Fayetteville, where he is an MFA student at the University of Arkansas. This is his first publication.