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“Everything dies, baby, that’s a fact.
But maybe everything that dies someday comes back.”

–Bruce Springsteen, “Atlantic City”

I don’t believe this for a second.
Neither do you. It’s the dying,
not the coming back, we doubt.
To live as if our days are reckoned
would be madness. I’d be lying
if I said I do. About
the coming darkness we don’t think
until it casts its blackness on our door.
We’re told our little lives are but a blink
of an eye, and then we are no more.
The thought of which should shake me to the core.
Instead I drink my coffee, head to work.
Turn up the volume of the song
not believing as I sing along.

Photo by Jocelyn Morales on Unsplash

Angela Alaimo O'Donnell

Angela Alaimo O’Donnell, PhD is a professor, poet, and writer at Fordham University in New York City and serves as Associate Director of Fordham’s Curran Center for American Catholic Studies. Her publications include two chapbooks and seven collections of poems, most recently, Andalusian Hours (Paraclete 2020), a collection of 101 poems that channel the voice of Flannery O’Connor, and Love in the Time of Coronavirus: A Pandemic Pilgrimage (Paraclete 2021).  O’Donnell has published a prize-winning memoir, Mortal Blessings (Ave Maria 2014) and a book of hours based on the practical theology of Flannery O’Connor, The Province of Joy (Paraclete 2012). Her biography Flannery O’Connor: Fiction Fired by Faith  (Liturgical Press 2015) was awarded first prize for excellence in publishing from The Association of Catholic Publishers.  Her critical book on Flannery O’Connor Radical Ambivalence: Race in Flannery O’Connor was published by Fordham University Press in 2020.  O’Donnell’s most recent manuscript, Holy Land, won the Paraclete Poetry Prize 2021 and will be published in Fall of 2022.