Note from the Editors

 

   SEEING RED 

    ENDU(RED) ADMI(RED)
    DESI(RED) WONDE(RED)
    RUMO(RED) ADO(RED)
    ENAMO(RED) INSPI(RED)
    DISCOVE(RED) SAC(RED)
    HUNGE(RED) WONDE(RED)
    EXPLO(RED) FEATU(RED)
    AUTHO(RED) SEA(RED)
    DA(RED) UNCENSO(RED)
    SOA(RED) ADVENTU(RED)

 

 

    


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Raphael 

                They say what angels always say, 
                      Do not fear.   
              --Kathleen Norris, The Cloister Walk

 

Do not fear.

He doesn’t seem imposing.
He is both cliché –
          If you hadn’t called,
         
If she hadn’t been there,
          
It was the strangest thing --
and innovation –
         
defibrillator, 
          valve,  
          
bubble gum flavoring.

He slows time at the accident scene,
sits with the family in the waiting area,
guides the scalpel in the operating room.

He’s accustomed to begging, rash promises.
If he bestows his favor on you,
you will come to understand
how healing never comes without change,

how a part of the healer
passes to the healed, and so then
a responsibility for mercy.
Then will you know how wrong
y
ou were to find comfort in his appearance,
how insufficient his opening greeting.

Addy Robinson McCulloch is a freelance editor and poet. A graduate of Duke University, Addy lives and works in Wilmington, NC. She and her husband of nineteen years have two dogs and a cat. Addy loves British mysteries, Italian wines, French chocolates, and sarcasm. Some of her poems have appeared in Redheaded Stepchild, Referential Magazine, and The Dead Mule School of Southern Literature.


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