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Dear God today 
when I find your 
blooms I will be 
sure to also 
seek the name, to 
discover its 
origins, what
latin roots it
roots its name in,
what common way
evolved, and why
it is called the
lenten rose, its 
early hybrid
rainbow blooms
ballooning from
evergreen leaves
some bright morning
in the desert
season, Jesus,
what wilderness,
I promise not
to miss this gift
helleborus—
poisonous kin
of buttercups
that bloom all year
Lord, to know the 
name of a thing
is to love it
to be among
it to save it
I will explain
unashamed to 
my child lilies
by the doorstep—
amaryllis
belladonna—
that lose their green
foliage first
then push out stems
seasons later 
of fragrant light
pink-white flowers
we call ‘naked 
ladies’ this is
after all how 
we ought to be
reaching for the
word the name the
Lord, naked, bold
the way Mary
Magdalene sought
the one who loved
a whore before
she was reborn
Mary reformed
prostitute thought
the risen You
a gardener.

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Sarah M. Wells

Sarah M. Wells is the author of The Family Bible Devotional Volumes 1 and 2, a memoir, American Honey: A Field Guide to Resisting Temptation (forthcoming), and two collections of poemsBetween the Heron and the Moss and Pruning Burning Bushes. Poems and essays by Wells have appeared in Ascent, Brevity, Full Grown People, Hippocampus Review, The Pinch, River Teeth, Rock & Sling, Under the Gum TreeTerrain.org and elsewhere. Sarah’s work has been honored with four Pushcart Prize nominations. Six of her essays have been listed as Notable Essays in The Best American Essays. She is a 2018 recipient of an Ohio Individual Excellence Award from the Ohio Arts Council. Sarah earned her BA in Creative Writing and MFA in Creative Nonfiction from Ashland University. She is a regular contributor to Root & Vine News and God Hears Her, a blog for women, from Our Daily Bread. She resides in Ashland, Ohio with her husband, Brandon, and their four children, Lydia, Elvis, Henry, and Izzy (their Westie).

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