The first time I opened the bible I nearly cried
Never mind that I’ve never read the thing—
But the weight of the world had already been set in place
I had no choice but to give it praise—
The idea that I would be saved after I read the first line.
No one ever really explained the process of
Becoming acquainted with the divine.
It was like an urban legend
Expected to be known if you’re a citizen of this world and
Before questioning one would rather just tow the company line.
Peaches Ostalaza is a West Indian studying English Literature and Psychology in the arctic of Western Pennsylvania at Seton Hill University. She was born on the island of St. Thomas in the United States Virgin Islands. She is an aspiring poet. Her poetry has appeared in The NEXXUSS Vol. 17 and Quantum Poetry Magazine. She also has publications forthcoming in the summer issue of Black Magnolias, as well as the October issue of Milk Sugar.