A Miscarriage Scare at Bronson Methodist
After John Rybicki

Lord, we won’t cry,
We’ll carry our numb body

Home to our warm bed,
Rest our head, rest

Our head and be lamed
By our thoughts of death.

Lord, take what you’ve come for
And leave her to her body’s noises:

No beasts would live there anymore.
No other beasts anymore.

Gary L. McDowell's poems have appeared recently in Colorado Review, DIAGRAM, Front Porch, Grist, New England Review, Ninth Letter, Poetry Daily, Salt Hill, The Southeast Review, and others. He is the co-editor, with F. Daniel Rzicznek, of the forthcoming anthology, The Rose Metal Press Field Guide to Prose Poetry: Contemporary Poets in Discussion and Practice (Rose Metal Press, 2010). He is the Poetry Editor of Third Coast. Visit his blog here (

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