To St. Bridget
Renee Emerson

To St. Bridget

With your husband, you buried all
your bodily love, unhooked
the ring fettering
your finger, became channel, bridge,
conduit of heaven’s purifying
fire on the weed-choked fields
of the church.

Let me tell you, Bridget, a thing or two
about bodily love. My husband and I start and end
the day together in the same bed.
A Baptism, going under into the mock-death
of sleep, defenseless, unaware, our bodies
grazing each other in unconscious turning.

Maybe it was because we were born like any other
earthly children, unlike you,
never swaddled in shipwreck-salvation,
no foot-ink of God’s vision, just the same
miraculous promise every child receives—
growth, if all goes well, days
and days, if all goes well.
Our marriage bed brings no plow for tares,
instead two gathered together,
breathing the holy spirit between them,
a dandelion, feathering.

Renee Emerson

is the author of Keeping Me Still (Winter Goose Publishing, 2014), a finalist for the Jacar Press Julie Suk Award for Best Poetry Book Published by an Independent Press in 2014. She currently resides in Arkansas with her husband and three daughters.