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Ah, la lune est brisée, said the child
to the half moon. She stared, pointing her finger
at the night sky. Her sudden true and wild
thought broke over us both, like the waves
the moon pulled from the fevered sea.
We stood beneath the stars we couldn’t see
but knew were there in pairs, while the single
moon shone its broken light. There are days
when the world seems ruined beyond repair,
a doomed ship whose crew has lived recklessly.
We wave our white flags but can’t be saved.
We flash our SOS to no one there
except the moon, earth’s companionable ghost,
the world’s blessed and broken communion host.

Photo by Magnus Östberg 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.

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