A Test of Vows and Faith
by Holly Day
If a voice in the middle of the night demanded
you offer up the life of your child, would you
gently wake your sleeping child, tell him or her
“Get dressed, you’re going to meet God.”?
Would you put our daughter in the back of the car, her eyes
still blurry from sleep, tell her to put her seat belt on
as you quietly pull out of the drive
and turn the car towards the mountains? Would you
think of waking me before you left
tell me this new story about God’s will
or would you hold your breath and carry your shoes
as you sneak out the door, a finger on your lips
in case our son tries to call out?
Or would you defy the command, close your ears
to the voice that promises miracles if you comply
or pile guilt on you for past gifts and love
until you half-relent, immediately
regretting and retracting the promise of sacrifice?
Short bio: Holly Day’s poetry has recently appeared in Asimov’s Science Fiction, Grain, and The Tampa Review. Her newest poetry collections are In This Place, She Is Her Own (Vegetarian Alcoholic Press), A Wall to Protect Your Eyes (Pski’s Porch Publishing), Folios of Dried Flowers and Pressed Birds (Cyberwit.net), Where We Went Wrong (Clare Songbirds Publishing), Into the Cracks (Golden Antelope Press), and Cross Referencing a Book of Summer (Silver Bow Publishing), while her newest nonfiction books are Music Theory for Dummies and Tattoo FAQ.
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