[FGC #19] Faith Healer

Every night she prays for sleep. She prays for the pain to recede just enough to fade away in sleep. For just a few heavenly hours. Her faith teaches miracles. She’s experienced one or two. She’s hoping for another.

Every morning she prays for energy. She prays for the pain to recede just enough to accomplish the basic chores of living. For one more day, just one. She has faith that she will be healed. Someday. Maybe today.

Every day she prays for healing. She prays for the pain to recede just enough to start her therapy. Not to finish the exercises, just to start them. She has faith that she can feel better. Just a bit better.

At dusk she prays for His touch. Her faith assures her that she is loved, that she will always be loved, by a God who will take her in His arms and give her rest, the blessed rest of a sleeping child.

At twilight she closes her eyes in tormenting pain. She prays to be touched by the hand of the healing God, the One who will give her peace. Her faith teaches that He has the power to heal. To heal those who believe He can. Those who have faith.

Will tonight be the night He reaches out His hand?

Will tonight be the night that she grasps it?

Will tonight be the night?

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14 thoughts on “[FGC #19] Faith Healer

  1. This has the feel of flash fiction, but it’s also quite poetic, which goes to show that poetry doesn’t have to be in verse (indeed, in my opinion, there’s a lot of verse that doesn’t qualify as poetry). The repetition really helps, as does the rhythm, which, though variable, is distinct. I like it, Jan.

    • Thanks, Travis! I really appreciate your comments. I don’t think there’s a “bright line” between prose poetry and poetic fiction, but some of the elements (as you point out, in this case, rhythm and repitition) might push a piece further toward one category than the other. Also in this case, it’s not fiction…..

  2. Hi Jan

    You write good stuff up here, so please keep penning and keep inspiring! 🙂

    I would like to thank you for following my blog. I hope my blog doesn’t disappoint you and that your visits in my blog have been and will always be a joyful ride.

    Thank you again and I wish you a lovely day! 🙂

    Subhan Zein

  3. Pingback: F&GC #19 Prose Poem Submission | Write Anything

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