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Belief


She tells him the child is not his.
The old women mutter and cluck
as they slap wet cloth against river stones.
He wraps his arms around his chest as though he fears
he will also sprout with child. "A dove,"
he quietly asks? She points to a blood spot
on her cheek. "He pecked me here." It still hurts
when she touches it. It always hurts.
He loves the child, the cuckold's hatchling. He loves his lying wife.
But he knows she lies. When the old men stumble
into the stable, beards matted, coarse as grain,
he simply mutters, "Drunks," bad wine, betrayal.
One afternoon as he saws cedar planks, sawdust thick as pollen,
an angel catches his hatchling as he falls from a branch.
"I shaped the angel out of air," he thinks, so desperate
to believe that a dove pecked his wife, and she swelled with child.
Birth, a child, desperation, a never ending mark, a pain
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copper9lives Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2014  Professional General Artist
This reads like a dream, complete with all of the intense emotion, and the close-up detail...
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scatteredwords Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
I think this is my favorite thing that I have read in quite a while.
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swansisters Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Thank you so much.:happybounce: 
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LadyBrookeCelebwen Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh, this is lovely. :D I really like the imagery.
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toxic-nebulae Featured By Owner May 26, 2013  Student Writer
He wraps his arms around his chest as though he fears
he will also sprout with child.

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swansisters Featured By Owner May 27, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Thank you :heart: Forgive me for not responding sooner, dealing with a sick father and messed up health insurance
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swansisters Featured By Owner May 3, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
I didn't realize until now thay I got DLD because I was so immersed in my cancer scare bot not only am I exceptionally healthy but yay dancing around the room happy
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Sammur-amat Featured By Owner May 3, 2013   General Artist
congratulations on the well-deserved DLD, dear heart. :heart:
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riparii Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2013
Just the same as wonderful.
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archelyxs Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2013
Featured: [link]
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archelyxs Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2013
Oh my god. Speechless. :coffeecup:
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xlntwtch Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2013   Writer
I used this title in a title poem here- [link] -and linked it back to you. Thanks!

(If this shows twice, it's because I got the link to my own work wrong. Please hide that one, thank you.)
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swansisters Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
thank you LJ, I am very honored. I am emerging for a deep depression so reading this was wonderful. :heart:
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xlntwtch Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2013   Writer
I'm very glad you like it and are "emerging" ... :heart:
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xlntwtch Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2013   Writer
I used this title in a 'title poem' here- [link] -and linked it back to you. Thanks!
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Lacewinged-Beauty Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2013   Writer
Oh my, lovely.
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Bark Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2013  Professional Writer
Congratulations on the DLD!
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pomohippie7 Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2013   Writer
Congratulations on your DLD! :clap:
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Very nicely done...congrats on the DLD!
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xlntwtch Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2013   Writer
:iconcongratssignplz: on your DLD "Pick of the Day"! I wrote a comment already--this is to praise you for getting this feature.
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DailyLitDeviations Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2013
Your wonderful literary work has been chosen to be featured by DailyLitDeviations and has been selected as our "Pick of the Day". It is featured in a news article here: [link] and on our main page.

Keep writing and keep creating.
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xlntwtch Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2013   Writer
The biblical references changed to suit the needs of both writer and reader make me glad I read your work.
I've often thought about Mary's husband; he's in the christian bible so infrequently.
But he was a patient man, perhaps so patient he was left out and had these feeling every day.
This is a terrific piece that explores Joseph so thoroughly, not to mention the shepherds, angel and more. Thank you. :+fav:
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oracle-of-nonsense Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2013  Student Writer
This is so beautiful and sad. I've always wanted a poem from Joseph's point of view, and I think this elaborates on his feelings very well.
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swansisters Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Thank you. I also felt his view, his pain needed to be communicated as well
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haphazardmelody Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
This is fabulous.
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swansisters Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Thank you!!!
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madameshadowenn Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
I'm not normally one for poetry with religious connotations, but this is very well written and the sadness you've woven throughout evokes the same upon reading making this a really engaging piece :)
Great work :rose:
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swansisters Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
I can understand your reservations about religious writing but it fascinates me. I aw brought with no religion and then being a compulsive reading, at the age of 8 I discovered an falling apart Bible and read as though it was the Grimm's fairy tales. But much has captured my imagination. Thank you!
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madameshadowenn Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
No problem :)
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Sammur-amat Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2013   General Artist
This uses such honest-to-god sadness, delicate and severe and lovely all the way. Wonderful job. :heart:
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swansisters Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Thank for such lovely words, I hope my poetry is often severe and delicate.
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Sammur-amat Featured By Owner May 1, 2013   General Artist
thank you for allowing me the opportunity to read and heart racing pieces! :tighthug:
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swansisters Featured By Owner May 2, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
You are so welcome :hug:
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Sammur-amat Featured By Owner May 6, 2013   General Artist
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swansisters Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Thank you! :heart:
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Sammur-amat Featured By Owner May 1, 2013   General Artist
you're most welcome, wonderful soul :heart:
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Argentum-Lupae-Luna Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Joseph's pain is portrayed here quite accurately- so many forget that even though he cared for Jesus, he was saddened that he was not his father by blood.
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swansisters Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
I may have already thanked my dear but since I have been sick and am now doing much better, I can't remember if I thanked you. <3 but I wanted to make certain I did.
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Argentum-Lupae-Luna Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
You already did, but no worries, love. *winks* I'm glad you're feeling better now.
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swansisters Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Thank you. Joseph is so often forgotten so I wanted to write about him.
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nawkaman Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2013
There is a deep sadness I feel reading this. It's quite effectively done.
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swansisters Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
thank you. yes there is a great sadness in this piece. We forget about Joseph in the story of the birth and childhood.
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