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Lenten Prayers: Salt

A poem

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March 17, 2020
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How delicious you have made us, O Lord,
our crystalline inmost structure now
an essence to savor, a flung flavor
for the whole world to feast upon!

Sharp taste of salt, so familiar, so raw,
sip of the ocean, sorrow’s tears,
and sacred season on the sacrifice—
the reason your hand is pierced.

So keep us from willful blandness,
from foolishly wasting this taste
on boredom and cynicism,
on numbness and excess.

Julie Sumner
Julie Sumner is a writer who has worked as a critical care nurse, transplant coordinator, and massage therapist. She recently completed her MFA at Seattle Pacific University. Her work has appeared in Fathom, The Cresset, Juxtaprose, San Pedro River Review, Catalpa Magazine, and The Behemoth.

Cover image by Denny Müller.

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