November 12, 2012 / Creative Writing
In “Water Mission,” Jillena Rose offers a narrative of a childhood in Saigon, where she learned the prayer of “women in white silk laughing, letting water run over their fingers . . . another sound for praise.”
April 2, 2006
Solemn, weightless, she appears
in the slender doorway of his time.
Heavy-sweet perfume rises, mingles
with murmurous voices bruising
the air, stinging her bare, bending nape;
hair falls unveiled on urgent fingers.
She weeps for the brother, living;
for the master, dead;
Time, a slivered moon, turns
toward the dark.
Broken pieces of stone vessel
catch tears of prophecy;
a pungent love wells up,
offends, stirs thunder,
Debra Rienstra is an associate professor of English at Calvin College. She has written two books, Great With Child: On Becoming a Mother, a personal meditation on motherhood, and So Much More: An Invitation to Christian Spirituality, which is a gentle introduction to the Christian faith. Rienstra writes literary non-fiction, poetry, and literary criticism, and teaches early British literature and creative writing.