Psalm XX
Adam Hughes

Psalm XX

what do I know
of you except
traces of smoke
the charred remnants
of altarfire

in the cathedral
of my rib cage
sound small
in the hollow
of an empty sanctuary

when you return
will you bring
me something
so I know
you were thinking
about me

what have you
ever brought me
except dislocation
inescapable light
and a thousand
unnamable joys

Adam Hughes

is the author of four full-length poetry collections, most recently Allow the Stars to Catch Me When I Rise (Salmon Poetry, 2017) and Deep Cries Out to Deep (Aldrich Press, 2017). Born and raised in Central Ohio, he now resides in the foothills of Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains, where he is pursuing an MFA at Randolph College.