fall 2018 / Poetry 2018 / volume 49

The Eyes of God—Ellora Bultema

I used to think God couldn’t see through blankets.

I hid under my covers much like the foolish child
might hide from the bogey man or a murderer.
The folds of the fabric protecting me from His
omnipotent eye.

I used to think a black widow was a type of witch.
The type that waited in the shadows with crooked
noses and hands ready to snatch me unsuspecting.

And I though that what dad said was law.
Sometimes, I still catch myself believing that.

I know that strangers are still strangers
even if you know each other’s name.

I understand how impermanence works,
the mechanics of loss

I no longer hide under my covers from the eyes of

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