Megan McDermott  (bio)

Consider the weight of “with.”
God with bread, God with wine.
Importance of the preposition? Examples:

I’m with friends, Mom. I can’t talk
right now. Meaning: you aren’t alone,
whether or not you want to be.

Are you with him? Yes, yes I am.
And then there’s with child.
“With” alerting to another presence.

Even when saying, I’m upset with X,
in love with Y, can’t deal with Z,
“with” precedes a mind, heart accompanied.

“With,” one syllable opposing singularity.
No hint of removing, only sitting
together, remaining alongside what else is,

despite how preferable it may feel
to throw away matter, mundane and heavy,
for showiness of unfettered Spirit.

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