lot’s wife

i am full of blinding visions

i am chock-full of first attempts—




tangerines dancing—

i am the pomegranate and the apple

i am the teeth of eve on apples

i am the beauty of the apple

(i am round


ready to be plucked

i am the serpent and the temptress

i am babylon and israel)

i am pregnant with metaphor

as mary with messiah;

as judas with his master

i sell meaning for thirty shekels

i illuminate through symbols

i am sodom and gomorrah

the salt becomes my tongue

my tongue salts the pillars

lot’s wife becomes my rhyme

my words take on divinity

thrice they smote the angels

twice i ransomed syntax

once i sound the bell

(my words split hairs in heaven,

my words are kept in shells)

Published by R.L. Stollar

R.L. Stollar is a child liberation theologian and an advocate for children and abuse survivors. The author of an upcoming book on child liberation theology, The Kingdom of Children, Ryan has an M.H.S. in Child Protection from Nova Southeastern University and an M.A. in Eastern Classics from St. John’s College.

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