creating me [using words]

In the Southern Baptist Church

In the Southern Baptist Church,
the only stories
were conversion stories:
“Share your testimony”
they  encouraged–
the subtle message being,
every other part of your story
was irrelevant
save that one moment
in the twinkling of an eye
you went from sinner
to saved.

For those of us who grew up
good little girls, good little boys,
the conversion was so slight
it sounded dull in our own ears,
hardly worth repeating.
Thus it was as if
we had no story at all.

It wasn’t until later I learned
my whole life is a story
my whole life, a conversion.


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creating me [using words]


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