Going in Deep
The sisterpriests in New Jersey
set out a labyrinth on their land where
we are staying, close enough to
the convent, far enough from
the freeway. We three risk the tall
grass and ticks to take the trail
between bricks, trace its twistings.
The maze seems more like a machine,
and we its cogs or the gears that start
it grinding, like a ripe brain once
blood arrives to set one half whirring
as fast as the other. These long loops
make a map to a country you could
create on any soil. For centuries
travelers have taken these turns outside,
indoors, anywhere, so they can center in
themselves. Once they reemerge they are
more ready for the road, where much
can happen. Ask the sisters, who seem
fine, yet faith can unravel. They come here
to find it again and again and again.
Laurinda Lind teaches English composition classes in New York’s North Country. Some publications/ acceptances are in Blue Earth Review, Comstock Review, Main Street Rag, Paterson Literary Review, and Radius; also anthologies Visiting Bob: Poems Inspired by the Life and Work of Bob Dylan (New Rivers Press) and AFTERMATH: Explorations of Loss and Grief (Radix Media). In 2018, she won first place in both the Keats-Shelley Prize for adult poetry and the New York State Fair poetry competition.