40 Psaltery & Lyre: Angela Felsted, “From Zina to Henry”

vortex shawl


From Zina to Henry  
He has sent you to
push against the
biting wind. Your mouth
which has brought forth praise
fervent and melodic as rain,
which has pledged obedience
to our living God,
is shivering on a dim
Chicago street—testifying
of the prophet Joseph.
Yes, you are valiant
stalwart, heroic as you
bring the blessings of God
upon our heads.
Miles away my lips
taste the prophet’s skin
moist with salt like the
waters of the Dead Sea.
In a corner of the room
our infant son sucks
his nails into his mouth,
the joints of his three fingers
swallowed up in
dreams of milk and honey.


Angela Felsted is a musician, poet, and nature lover. Her work has appeared in issue fifteen of Drown in Your Own Fears, in Chantarelle’s Notebook, and on her blog. Her chap books, CLEAVE and SCARRED were published in 2012, and her edgy young adult romance, CHASTE, was recently released.


If you would like to submit your work to P&L, please see the P&L Submissions Guide.