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If God Were a Black Girl, a poem by Diane Lewis

If God Were a Black Girl
by Diane Lewis

If God were found to be a Black girl
it would certainly explain a lot:

how every summer
  accurate as the timing of a Swiss watch
  comes a storm

the mystery of the aurora borealis
the joy of seeing the world through the eyes of a child

why a saxophone pressed to the lips of Coltrane
  would evoke such deep emotion

the color orange
the Blues
the leaping dance of flames

how we know the sun is brilliant
  though we cannot look at it directly

the miracle of the clematis
  in a forsaken garden;
the morphology of butterflies;
the covenant of rainbows

About Diane Lewis: “I am the Arts Council of Indianapolis’ 2010 Robert D. Beckmann Emerging Artist Fellow. The Beckmann Fellowship has provided me the opportunity to develop as a writer, with the goal of producing a full-length book of poetry. Most recently I have been able to publish my work in Tall Grass Writer’s Guild Anthology 2013 and 2014, (Outrider Press), Reckless Writing Poetry Anthology 2013, (Chatter House Press) and Contemporary American Voices (2015). "Smoke Break" is the 2016 third place winner in the Eber and Wein Publishing National Amateur Poetry Competition.

Editor's note: Diane Lewis died on Sept. 11, 2016.