rhapsody: (n.) an effusively extravagant discourse kneeling before this wood altar stained in years of splashed wine. this church, its slatted-oak floors— no response to my presence. monstrance adorns ordinary bread— before me, a priest wrapped You in gold. years later, You found me shrouded in this silence, waiting for the right words to speak themselves from my mouth so i can find You wondrous, marvelous. i never wanted a monstrance. if You speak now, speak in spilled wine, nails and scrap wood.
Cheyenne McGuire is a rural poet from Colorado who focuses on the interactions of the ordinary and divine. She is currently studying English and Creative Writing at the University of Iowa. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in earthwords, Quarantine Magazine, and Ink Lit Mag.