Secretary of God

Our Lord has often revealed his secrets to the world through women.  –Christine de Pisan


These are not my words.

I drank God straight from the well.


I move through hours.

Predictions drip and pool.


When they burn the fields,

I taste ash.  Tell me


this isn’t beautiful.  I sink

downwards,  a red moon


paling and losing its breath,

words coming from nowhere.


Write it like revelation:

this white, white light.



Jennifer A. McGowan has published poetry and prose in many magazines and anthologies on both sides of the Atlantic, including Pank and The Rialto. Her chapbooks are available from Finishing Line Press and her first collection is from Indigo Dreams. Her website can be found at the unimaginatively-but-accurately-titled .