Across Water There’s a church on the lake up ahead. We travel down a narrow road that leads to its dead, wooden doors, hoping that the drive itself is not the full journey, that deferral is not our final destination. The end of the road is always a river: it flows in a different direction, sometimes against where we’re praying to go. It’s not opposite arrival but sideways, off parallel paths into bleak interiority. These nearby lakes are shining with a resonant life while the church is empty. Still, there’s something piercing and angelic hovering over both. It’s something great, something wild.
Alexandria Barbera (she/her) lives in Ontario, Canada and is a regular contributor at Women in Theology. She recently completed her MA in Cultural Studies at Trent University, where she studied literary ecology. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Tiny Seed Journal, The Other Journal, Ekstasis Magazine, Frogpond, and Modern Haiku. She is currently the editor-at-large at EcoTheo Review.