POETRY: Conversion by Marci Johnson

Conversion by Marci Johnson

And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory,
the glory as of the only begotten of the Father) full of grace and truth.
(John 1:14)

How can word
become flesh?
Belly. Bone.

Tongue—the feel
in the mouth a word
rolling around. Word,

not a kiss not the thing
itself—a name. The arch
of a foot. Your face

in my hands, just
a name. Blue sky lolling
beyond the window

frame—eyes open.
just a way of looking.
begin with a change.

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