A Magazine of Theological and Ethical Inquiry from Yale Divinity School

Open Casket

Kathryn Stripling Byer

For two days she lay
in our living room. That she never moved
chilled me more than the terror she might.

A stirring in the net curtains
over the shut window and I was wide
awake. What happened

after the last breath? The cottonstuffed
silence of death,
did it last, or would angels begin

to trill louder than katydids,
the sinking sun burning a hole in the sky
through which I’d be borne heavenward?

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Reformation: Writing the Next Chapter
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