EDITOR’S CHOICE: Gethsemane – Poetry by Allyson Wierenga

Arkhip Kuindzhi – Christ in the Garden of Gethsemane

I would have held
your hands
in prayer
told you
I, too, don’t have the answers
you would say

it’s ok
it’s human to be scared
walking this evening forest
I know what it is
to feel darkness like an emotion
lit by undying suns

but take not this cup
from me
a love like yours
I can bear it

About the Poet

Allyson Wierenga is an English master’s student at Case Western Reserve University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English literature and writing from Calvin University. Her research focuses on intersections between children’s literature and the fields of medicine, disability studies, and psychology. 

For the first time in nearly five years, Vita Brevis is closed for submission. Read the full story here.

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