Abby Parcell is the poetry editor of Exponent IIShe lives in Chapel Hill, N.C. 

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Teach Us To Trust the Resurrection of That Body

by Abby Parcell 03-27-2024
A poem.
The illustration shows five stacks of rocks in a grassy field with a blue sky. Coming out of one of the stacks is a bouquet of red flowers

Illustration by Ric Carrasquillo 

Surely I betrayed her at least three times:
eighteen months of bone-grinding hip pain,

a list of life stories never recorded, and
leaving her exposed to suffering because

I didn’t know. I didn’t know it was so hard to die.
The cock’s crow was just basic kidney physiology,