Fathom Mag

Frail Clay

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July 12, 2022
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Even though they have grown apart,
they still hug out of habit.
Their hearts do not well with emotion,
yet they still embrace as intimates—
palms pressed gently
against each shoulder and spine.
They scarcely speak, yet this is
the gesture that keeps them alive
to each other. 

Joel Kurz
Joel Kurz is a parish pastor in a Missouri college town who has had poetry, essays, and reviews in various journals over the years. He tries to keep his eyes and soul open to the beauty and brutality of life, while also making any meaningful impact he can.

Cover image by Marco Bianchetti

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