A bleeding heart is patched with faith

it hemorrhages

bleeds out

drains itself of all but steadfast loyalty

and dies

a cruel, lonely, death


cast out


not seen or known

for its greatest gift


in you, in us,

in Him

who was also

cast out


and bled out, too


because of love

two millennia ago

Naomi Johnson is a compulsive note-taker who reads daily and loves listening to audio books over dinner. She plans to complete her first memoir after graduation but her real dream is to “live the religious life.”

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