Ministering Angel

December 1, 2020 | < 1
D.S. Martin

An illustration of a pathway in a desert. Two small figures can be seen beside the path.

A dusty track curves into the wilderness Two walk eventually
veering from that road across a land of dry stones
one in physical form led by one unseen

We hover just beyond his perception
waiting & watching as he’s left to walk
deeper into desert alone on his slow slow fast
At his lowest point of bodily
ability he’s offered devilbread an all-
for-nothing chance a birth-right deal
a piece of fruit dangling from a forbidden
branch He’s offered a glorious Kidron
Valley swandive into fame & a means-
justifying short-cut to a name
above every name

It is written he replies
& as Satan skulks away we bring better bread
& rest from all those lies

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D.S. Martin

D.S. Martin is Poet-in-Residence at McMaster Divinity College, the Series Editor for the Poiema Poetry Series, the editor behind three poetry anthologies, and author of four poetry collections—the most recent of which is Ampersand (2018, Cascade). He and his wife Gloria have two sons, one of whom is an Alliance pastor.

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