Ritual

Light the candle
taste the bread
Join hands now
we bow our heads

Repeat the words
Say amen


(Amen)


Ritual work & ritual cleanse

but soon our worries
come back again 


And then we’ll sin 

And sin again 
 

Krystal A. Smith is a Black lesbian writer of poetry and speculative fiction. Her poetry can be read at Entropy Magazine, Kissing Dynamite, and Serendipity. Her debut collection Two Moons: Stories was released from BLF Press (2018) and was a 2019 Lambda Literary Award Finalist. Her collection of poetry This is Not About Love is forthcoming from BLF Press (April 2021)