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Mary Virginia Micka
“Counting both times I cheated this week / I won at solitaire twice.”
“Oh, the cats in this town have their secrets.”
“... say / who I am. Set / our two fires climbing.”
“Does God sing?”
“To lift off the cover of a tomato-y mixture and let it bubble up mushroom and basil under my nose does a lot to counteract the many subtle efforts a part of me makes to punish myself for all those worst of my shortcomings — those I can neither name nor find a shape for. Terrible brown ghosts with sinews like bedsprings.”
“It isn't that I believe God is dead, but God is so silent, has been for so long, and is so hidden, I take it as a sign I must watch in other places or simply tend my small fires until the end.”
“When you look up from your typewriter, look at the trees, not the calendar.”
“... I'm part of an old piety that suffers in silence and calls it virtue. And is the very devil to live with.”
“It is while trying to get everything straight in my head that I get confused.”
Mary Virginia Micka, U.S. poet, educator
Sister Mary Virginia Micka belongs to the Congregation of St. Joseph.