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Living Water: Two Poems by P.C. Venable

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Living Water

Another tropical storm from the gulf

bullies through Carolina. Dreary deluge,

windless, fall leaves dangle, plunge

to lawns and confetti the deck.

In the screened porch, my glasses fog.

I finger my makeshift

wooden-beaded rosary

with a tiny, wooded cross

sandwiched between ten beads.

First ten, “Abba, Father, thank you.”

Touch the cross, “Our Father, who art in heaven . . .”

Next ten, “Lord Jesus, thank you.”

Touch the cross, “Our Father . . .”

Last ten, “Holy Spirit, thank you.”

Touch the cross, “Our Father . . .”

Downpour drowns distant caws.

The bird bath overflows

like Jesus’ fount.


He Releases

“He... release[s] those who through the fear of death

were all their lifetime subject to bondage.”

—Hebrews 2:15

Motor grumbles. Repair shops closed.

Stuck in first gear. Brakes squeak.

Windshield scratchy. Seats fray.

Battery discharges. Oil pan prolapses.

Ball joints grind. Bumper dangles.

Grill clogged. Undercarriage rusts.

Headlights dim. Wipers shabby. Exterior

dented, faded, scraped. Roof paint flaking.

DNA sheds retreads, linkages break.

Starter slower each morning

Spark plugs’ neurotransmissions worn.

The windshield—decades of

rain, sleet, shine, pollen—filmy

but I blink and vision beyond

the last crash, or pistons fused

in their cylinders and engine frozen:

my wreck shall rise from its junkyard and

coast in the city over streets of gold bricks,

walls founded with sapphires, emeralds,

amethysts . . . and bask top down

in light from the Morning Star.


P.C. Venable, a retired addiction and mental health clinician, has written sacred

and secular verse for decades. He has been published in Prairie Messenger,

Windhover, The Anglican Theological Review, Ancient Paths, Spirit Fire Review,

Time of Singing, The Christian Century, and others. He is a member of the Winston

Salem Writers. His eBook Jesus Through A Poet’s Lens is available at Mobi:

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