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my daughter asks.

And I tell her to point
anywhere she wants.

She points at a dead
worm on the sidewalk.

“Yes,” I say.

“God’s in the worm?”

“No,” I say.
I take her finger, hug it.
“In the pointer.”

Ron Riekki’s books include U.P.: a novel; The Way North: Collected Upper Peninsula New Works; Here: Women Writing on Michigan’s Upper Peninsula; and And Here: 100 Years of Upper Peninsula Writing, 1917-2017 (Michigan State University Press, 2017).

Photo: Detail from Creation of Adam by Michelangelo, Sistine Chapel, Rome, Italy. Public domain.