The Book of Pain

            all that remains of Ephesians

you
are
the earth

do not exasperate your
heart

parents
obey
children
first
as slaves

children
treat your slaves
as
your ground

this
is
everything
you
know

This is a reprint of work originally published in A Door with a Voice.

Katie Manning is the founding Editor-in-Chief of Whale Road Review and an Associate Professor of Writing at Point Loma Nazarene University in San Diego. Her first full-length poetry collection, Tasty Other, is forthcoming in November as the 2016 winner of the Main Street Rag Poetry Book Award. Find her online at http://www.katiemanningpoet.com.

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