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Broken Offering by Sherilyn Olsen

By Sherilyn Stevenson

Deal With It by Emily Fox King

Broken Offering

 

“The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: a broken spirit and a contrite heart…” Psalms 51:17

“And the God of peace shall bruise Satan under your feet shortly. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you…” Romans 16:20

broken

still beating

behind its bonecage

 

bruised

like the serpent’s head

cowering instead—

an injured muscle

I failed to protect

 

bruised

unlike yours

from the unsyncopated

thunking of 107 billion

people in time—

beneath vibrancy

blue flesh

 

contrite

spirit kneeling

hands form a bowl

begging,

open for

 

grace

like medicine

down throat

coats—

binding cracks, healing slices

forming membrane

over rawness

saving this

 

broken

offering for you,

Only One

safe to trust while

it still beats

behind its bonecage

About Sherilyn Stevenson

Prose Editor at Segullah, Sherilyn Stevenson's essays and poetry appear in Dialogue, The Friend, LDS Living, Mothers Always Write, and other publications. She earned a Masters of English with a creative writing emphasis and works for state government in Utah.

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