Bodie’s Farewell Part III: Easter Released Her

Part I Part II "To what end" would she renounce dust? Bodie cried, "For good!" Setting course by the very source she'd misunderstood. Even supporters, in private quarters, heaved a sigh. 40 days passed. "Still abstaining?" they asked. "Yes. Why?" "Easter is over," some wailed, others hissed. Her defense: "Repent, then relent? Return to what … Continue reading Bodie’s Farewell Part III: Easter Released Her

Bodie’s Farewell Part II: Heart Before the Course

Ophelia Bodelia listened how most people do — In spurts. Thoughts wandered; although, words and phrases did too. So charming, in a young child, this "hearing" in reverse. "Hearing" turned to "thinking"? Less a blessing, more a curse. Bodie's Pa urged her, "Always mean everything you say." She confused the order: said things first, meant … Continue reading Bodie’s Farewell Part II: Heart Before the Course

Bodie’s Farewell Part I: Ashes on Her Lashes

Ophelia Bodelia ("Bodie" to all her friends) Knelt in the dusty church pew, thinking about amends. Greatly burdened, she bowed her head and started to pray, Please forgive me Lord for... those things I'd rather not say. That Ash Wednesday, her forehead marked with a cross of soot, Fighting a sneeze, with tingling knees and … Continue reading Bodie’s Farewell Part I: Ashes on Her Lashes