“Familiar” by Jill Bronfman

Enter La Basílica de la Sagrada Família
Past the glories of art and color and light
There is a tower
It is dark inside, and the path is difficult

Inside the tower
There is a stairway
It transports you to the heavens
Or, if you want to get closer yet to the divine,
To a landing, where, catching your breath
You see the Pigeon Maria

She is sitting on a nest of her own device
She is as proud as the pieces of wood she has arranged into holy formation
Sacred, still, she nestles beneath her
All that is plain
All that is life
All that is coming 


Jill Bronfman is a professor, lawyer, non-profit worker, and parent. In recent years, her work has been accepted for publication in The Decadent Review, The Halcyone, 82 Review, The Passed Note, Storgy, Verbal, Kallisto Gaia, Main Street Rag, High Desert, Flying Ketchup, Carcosa, Genre: Urban Arts, Ripples in Space, Mothers Always Write, Talking Writing, Coffin Bell Journal, Flock, Wanderlust Journal, Quiet Lightning, and a variety of law and technical books and periodicals. She has performed her work in Poets in the Parks and LitQuake and had her story about a middle-aged robot produced as a podcast.


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