Faith’s Other Shapes

Faith’s other shapes,
marsh light, seedpod, reeds
disembodied pollen

dispersing. Penumbra,
square shade of sail
its communal shadows

choose or unchoose
human chambers
alight without hands

like trapped
wind, then we know
its absence embodies

a meaning, maybe
thimble full with belief
we would take it

resize and mend ourselves,
that coronation of dust
without wings.

TISHA NEMETH-LOOMIS is the author of Terrain of My Affection, which was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Her poetry can be found in Adanna Literary Journal, Fringe Magazine, Columbia Poetry Review, Pacific Review and various publications online and in print. Tisha’s non-fiction appears nationally in More Magazine, and her literary critiques are published by Indiana University Northwest’s journal Plath Profiles. Tisha earned her MFA from Columbia College Chicago, where she served as adjunct faculty and assistant poetry editor. She teaches literature at Morton College and lives in Chicago. Her website is Read her contributor spotlight.