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“Second Coming” by Michael Hicks

Updated: Oct 28, 2023

Second Coming


For Christians

Jesus is always

planning to return.

So the thunderstorm

last week

is a promissory note.

The earthquake

in Nepal

has God's shovel-tip

underneath it.

The next pandemic

is a signpost

on Jesus' highway

back to earth.


My mother died

with these beliefs

swimming in her

last breath.

I held out my hand

to lift them to safety.

Because for me,

every flickering

moment of love

is a sign that Jesus

never went away.

This piece was published in 2023 as part of the 12th Annual Mormon Lit Blitz by the Mormon Lit Lab. Sign up for our newsletter for future updates.

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