“Belief” by Marilyn Robertson

Marilyn Robertson


On the way to the post office this morning,
I thought about the odd things we believe.

Things we swear by, pray to, put our trust in,
or wear printed on the back of a T-shirt.

Tarot cards. Crystal balls.
Runes and rattlesnakes.

First stars, second sight—
not to mention elves and Armageddon.

Just look at me, believing that someone
might have written me a letter,

that the world is in good hands,
that a man once walked out of a stone-cold tomb

into the light of day, leaving
poor old Death completely in the dark.

from Rattle #45, Fall 2014
Tribute to Poets of Faith


Marilyn Robertson: “Here’s one definition of religion: concern over what exists beyond the visible. I find that belief in the ineffable, in the Divine, gives life a shimmer, an edge. A good edge. One you can walk on. And poetry, for me, is scripture—a prayer.”

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