Luke 10:38–42


What to do with her hands
in front of this unexpected guest?
So she makes incorrigible pastries
of coaxing and folding;
mixes honey and nuts with frowning delicacy.

Like the woman who waits for the doctor
talking to strangers of recipes and cures.
Or the sick woman marshalling pillows;
details of the living to push away death.

Martha fusses to feed,
her embarrasses hands busy.
For if she sat down
she’d fly out the window
on overcome wings.

Jo Steigerwald lives in Cleveland, Ohio

Posted in: Poetry, September 2016

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