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Overdue Prayer by Bethany Jarmul

Overdue Prayer

The thickened shell

around my heart


thump-thump, like

a match struck,


fresh candlelight from



I open my lips; one

lumen, like a firefly


Bethany Jarmul is the author of two chapbooks—This Strange and Wonderful Existence (Bottlecap Press, 2023)and Take Me Home (Belle Point Press, 2025). Her writing was selected for Best Spiritual Literature 2023, nominated for Best of the Net and Wigleaf Top 50, and published in more than 70 magazines. She earned first place in Women on Writing’s 2023 essay contest. She lives near Pittsburgh. Connect with her at or on social media: @BethanyJarmul.

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