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Baptism
Meg Eden (bio)

Baptism

Fukuoka, Summer 2011

           

Our suited pastor,
standing in the ocean:

 water dark up to his thighs.
From the shore, he looks

 like a lone oyster buoy,
returning from a storm.

 Kaylee beside him:
an American sky-scraper.

 Behind them, a still horizon blue.
Strange, this water: the same

 that buried five cities, now
over Kaylee’s shoulders,

 a celebration. From the shore,
we the church stand, holding

 our shoes, feet bare
in the sand, waiting. Out east,

 new cities will be built.
Inside Kaylee, a renovated

 city is filled.
She rises from the water.

                       

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