Kelly DeMaegd, Devotion

Kelly DeMaegd
DEVOTION

she left the church

declares she floats
closest to God
in her own kitchen
home of fire, salt, cinnamon

there she chills diced butter
cuts fat into flour
slowly adds ice water
mixes with a light hand

splits apples, marvels
at the five-point star
that shelters pips
holds a slice to her ear

listens for prophesy
her knife clicks against wood
each piece moved aside
like beads on a rosary

she simmers fruit with sugar, thickener
adjusts spices, lifts spoon to taste,
recites O Lord, open my lips
and my mouth will proclaim your praise

Author’s Comment: This poem was inspired by a quote from Thomas More: The ordinary acts we practice every day at home are of more importance to the soul than their simplicity might suggest.

Bio: Kelly DeMaegd is a Pushcart-nominated poet living in Sherrills Ford, NC. She has been published in Wild Goose Poetry Review, Vox Poetica, Your Daily Poem and Bloodshot Journal of Contemporary Culture. She regularly contributes to and facilitates Art of Poetry at the Hickory Museum of Art and is a contributor to Winston-Salem’s Poetry In Plain Sight.

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