Poetry Column for September 2022

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The Choice

I come now to this tenuous juncture
Where I must choose to believe.

My breast-fed faith
Is weakening

My presumed and presumptuous tenets
Are eroding like river-run flagstone,
Sloughing off like mica
In smoky-transparent sheets

I see no end to this hurting.
I feel  no confirmation of this hope
I have clutched for these long years;
Nor do I require any giftings
As brideprice for the union
Of my faith to You.

I give You my soul:
I am not fit caretaker anyway.

Resolutely I choose to believe,
To fend off the adversary,
Even with failing strength
I choose
To trust

Dr. Latayne C. Scott is the recipient of Pepperdine University’s Distinguished Christian Service Award for “Creative Christian Writing,” and is Trinity Southwest University’s Author in Residence. An ex-Mormon, she just released Under the Banner of the Mormon Code. Her faith-building online courses Map My Faith and Map My Past, along with other extensive written and recorded curriculum, are her present focus. She lives and writes in New Mexico. She maintains three websites: Latayne.com,mapmyfaith.org , and Representationalresearch.com.

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