Noah

May 7, 2006

Noah was the last to go.
he was discovered
face down: hands still clenched
from the struggle.

siblings
Luke
then Paul
then John
then Mary
coaxed
down the hallway

into the tub

one at a time
each head held

until bubbles
turned to silence…
no frantic prayers answered

no angel made mommy stop.

nothing but struggle and terror,

as God watched.

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