Prayer to Santa Teresa d’Avila

Cooped up in her apartment in Madrid,

a young woman with an empty stomach

bloats from intestinal terrors fed by bacterium

on stray lettuce or undercooked pig.

. . . Santa Teresa, do you remember . . .

–Excerpt from “Prayer to Santa Teresa d’Avila” in Hanging Like Hope on the Equinox by Donna Pucciani (Virtual Artists Collective, Chicago 2013). First published in Tribeca Review, Staples.

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