The electric company came and cut down my favorite tree. I was mad at them and at my parents for agreeing. My dad took the wood, made boards from it on Pawpaw’s sawmill, and built me a desk. Now I write on it. I study God on it. The tree and I both grew up […]

Writing Crazies

I am working to bring together and organize ideas I’ve jotted in multiple journals and notebooks, on receipts and hotel paper. I am going through files on an old hard drive that has carried over stories and poems and essays from computer to computer for the last two decades. Revisiting the heartbreaks and pain of […]


An experiment in microfiction, wherein I try to tell a story in under 250 words. June would have no children. “Lord, you alone are my inheritance. You are my prize, my pleasure, and my portion,” she prayed over the petunias spilling from the pots on her porch. She plucked the dead heads with no great […]

My Prayer for May 29, 2020

1 Help, Lord, for no one is faithful anymore;    those who are loyal have vanished from the human race.2 Everyone lies to their neighbor;    they flatter with their lips    but harbor deception in their hearts. 3 May the Lord silence all flattering lips    and every boastful tongue—4 those who say,    “By our tongues we will prevail;    our own lips will defend us—who is lord over us?” 5 “Because the poor […]

7.14.15 – 5.8.20

7.14.15 by Amanda Wenisch Squash blossoms open into five-point starsAnd wave in a constellation from the garden, promising fruit soon.Today, New Horizons showed us Pluto after soaring through space for nine years.It shakes loose in me some doubt of God.How can in this vastness anything be sure?How can anything see me, know me, love me, […]

The Family of Things

Is it appropriate to put “disassociation” as a skill on your resume? I’m starting with a joke because this is not what I wanted to publish today. Wild Geese by Mary Oliver You do not have to be good.You do not have to walk on your kneesfor a hundred miles through the desert repenting.You only […]