I was in my fifties
When I finally figured out
That it is OK to break off
A bigger piece of the communion cracker.
A piece that’s actually big enough to chew
Instead of nibble between my front teeth.
The older I get, the bigger the piece I break off.
And I have to pick up the little
Communion cup with my thumb
And my F-U finger—
The nerves still haven’t healed on my index finger
Where I cut it to the bone on a broken beer bottle
And my daughter had to take me to the ER.
The older I get, the more grateful I am for Grace.
Bonnie Kennedy won the Texas Association of Creative Writing Teachers 2016 competition for best undergraduate poetry and presented her poem at their Conference in San Antonio. She has also presented her work at the Angelo State University Writer’s Conference and at the Langdon Review Week-end Conference in Granbury, TX in 2017. Ms. Kennedy lives in San Angelo, Texas. Her work has been published in Voices de la Luna, Writing Texas, Red River Review, Cold Creek Review, Visions with Voices, Dragon Poet Review and Amarillo Bay.