The Night Before by Joel Boehner

The Visitation

The Visitation by He Qi

Today’s contribution comes from Joel Boehner.  Joel and his wife, Anne, are currently waiting in eager anticipation to adopt their foster daughter. He composed this poem on the occasion of her first birthday last February. They live in South Bend, Indiana, and worship at Keller Park Missionary Church.


Night Before

Last night a snow fell
that softened sharp edges,
filled in holes, and brought
a few tall things lower.

Yet, some today are frozen,
some drifted into ditches.
I remember where I was
the day you were born.

When I shoveled the walk,
I saw your face through the
window, through two panes:
already but not yet.

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