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Mortality

By Julie Nelson

“even we . . . groan within ourselves,
waiting for the adoption . . . the redemption of our body.” Romans 8:23

We wander on a wandering planet,
with creatures muted,
lost in weary wilderness.

Valleys carve a cavity for sorrows,
oceans, a catalogue of tears.

We are foreigners, foraging remains
of home and belonging,

longing for another birth.

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About Julie Nelson

Julie K. Nelson is a mother of five, author of two books, and wife of one patient husband. She received a master’s degree from Utah State University and currently teaches at Utah Valley University. Her research and creative writing have been published in journals, anthologies, and other media outlets and she is a contributing expert on radio and television. Find her at www.aspoonfulofparenting.com where she writes on the triumphs, challenges, and power of parenting.

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