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“God is love, but get it in writing.”
– Gypsy Rose Lee

Between the two long rows of large chairs, you might see God
in the therapy dog named Daisy—but, no, that is
too obvious. You might see God in little acts of love,
a refilled water, an extra blanket, another popsicle, but
not even the orange popsicle is God. You might get
tired of looking for God in nurse’s faces and decide it
would be better to sleep through the steady drip in
your vein, the neighbor’s TV, the scratch of your spouse’s writing.

Photo by Marcelo Leal on Unsplash

Katie Manning

Katie Manning is the founding editor of Whale Road Review and a professor of writing at Point Loma Nazarene University in San Diego. She is the author of Tasty Other (Main Street Rag Poetry Book Award, 2016), and her latest chapbook is How to Play (Louisiana Literature Press, 2022). Her poem “What to Expect” was recently featured on the Poetry Unbound podcast. Find her online at


  • Joyce Looman Kiel says:

    “ Surely the Lord is in this place and I didn’t know it.” Genesis 28:16. Thank you Katie for bringing that awareness into today’s struggles.

  • Jack Ridl says:

    What exquisite timing: word to word, line to line, cadence to cadence, the opening, the closing’s arrival. Numinous poems. Thank you.