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"The Waiting" by Suzana Mcauchar

The Waiting

by Suzana Mcauchar

translated by Scott Hales


The calm afternoon rests

floating on clouds

that dance in the mountains

to the line of the sea.

If you close your eyes

you will hear the wind whistling

between the silent shadows

pleading.

Attune your ears

to listen to

the pitter pat of steps

wearing away the stones...

If your heart

follows him every day

you will retain his scent

and the light of his gaze.

Your skin will scorch,

your lips will twitch

on tempestuous nights

as you yearn for the son

you fear will not return.

When the missionaries arrive

and your family gathers

you will forget the agonies

you will laugh and sing

the old immortal songs

that used to warm you.



This piece was published in 2023 as part of the Around the World in Mormon Literature contest by the Mormon Lit Lab. Sign up for our newsletter for future updates.


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