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Sunday Kind of Love

By Truth Thomas

Shayna reads the Word and takes
the story of that first miracle as
serious as unpaid electric bills in
winter--takes apostle's reports
of water changed to fiesta as a
personal challenge--a test of
matrimonial faith--wonders if
the trick works away from food--
tries it in the evening, when the
good deacon comes home drunk
again. She prayerfully points
what she hopes will be a beverage-
changing finger in the direction
of her storm when "Why isn't
my dinner ready bitch" drowns
out Smokie Norful singing "Jesus
is Love" and CoCo Brother Live
in the kitchen. After a while (she
will be heard to tell paramedics),
the belt buckle that forever shut
her shades, nearly felt as soft as

pillow rain.

Added: Wednesday, July 9, 2014  /  Used with permission.
Truth Thomas
Photo by Melanie Henderson.

Truth Thomas is a singer-songwriter and poet, born in Knoxville, Tennessee, raised in Washington, DC. He is the founding editor of Cherry Castle Publishing, Editor-in-Chief of The Skinny Poetry Journal, Co-editor of Tidal Basin Review, and Board Member of the Little Patuxent Review. His poetry collections include Party of Black (2006), A Day of Presence (2008), Bottle of Life (2010), and Speak Water (2012), winner of the 2013 NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literary Work in Poetry.

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