He Stood at the Well

He stood at the well
and watched
the water
ascend
and splash him
in the face
and then all
over like grace.
He’s kidding, right?
That’s contrary to
nature.
Water doesn’t rise
except in a flood
to terrorize.
That’s according
to nature.
When
the waters of
baptism fall
the congregation
rises, everyone, all
to affirm
the supernatural:
Jesus went to the
dry, putrid pit
of Gehenna and
from it sprang
the fresh, living
waters
of restorative
justice. Yes,
that is what
God won —
for all.
And living water
springs out of
the well
for all.

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