This is Jesus Country

Patrick Kindig

Meaning: here 

be churches. Meaning: 

here crosses 


kiss the ground 

around the square. Like

tulips or small


tornadoes, they 

break earth. The sky

inspires religious 


feeling, instills 

a kind of awe.

To be awesome


means to be holy

& terrible, to make

even unbelievers


tremble. When

the plumber 

my husband called


tells us to

have a blessed 

day, I laugh, but


later, when 

I go outside to check 

the mail, I realize


I have been working

to keep my hands 



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PATRICK KINDIG is assistant professor of English at Tarleton State University. He is the author of the chapbook all the catholic gods (Seven Kitchens Press 2019) and the micro-chapbook Dry Spell (Porkbelly Press 2016) as well as the academic monograph Fascination: Trance, Enchantment, and American Modernity (Louisiana State University Press 2022). His poems have appeared or are forthcoming in the American Poetry Review, the Cincinnati Review, Colorado Review, Washington Square Review, Copper Nickel, and other journals.