Knock on DogwoodI once kept a crucifix on a chainMore Like This
To remind me there's a purpose
And salvation in pain.
But there's not always a rainbow
After 40 days of rain.
Hell will rise up
Again and again.
God let me drown
With the sin in my heart,
Though I was baptized in fire,
And my ashes blown apart.
I starved for Lent in front of Noah's ark.
Knock on dogwood,
Just one more fresh start.
I sang out with the angels
And I knelt when I prayed,
But the LORD came to me in a dream and said,
"I command you, make Isaac bleed red.
Be not of the world
And listen instead."
And the more that I listened,
The more that I feared,
For God's voice sounded like
The serpents I hear.
As He twisted the verses I once held so dear,
The halos on his prophets
As I wandered through the Valley of Death,
The Tree of Knowledge
Called my name,
And I saw Eve's body, enlightened and maimed,
Warning me not to wind up the same,
But my stomach growled
And I swallowed my shame.
I bit the apple and plunged into Pur
Remembering the NameStrange how extraordinary days can begin like any other, Nella thought. The morning had been neither gloomy nor very bright. There had been no signs at all her life was about to change forever.More Like This
She had awoken in her freezing little room before sunrise and had set out to work as soon as she could get her aching limbs to move. Her contribution to her uncle's family was small and so she was even more eager to do what she could.
The winter had been hard and just as the small family had started to draw hope from the beginning of spring their only cow had caught an illness and died soon afterwards. Spirits had been rather low ever since but Nella was determined not to give up.
Today she had set out to dig over the vegetable patch but soon she realized the dry ground would be giving her more trouble than expected.
She had been busy for a while when she noticed a man watching her. A group of soldiers had ridden through the village and their leader who wore the insignia of a captain was sitting