Tell your God that he is my God too, that I want him back. Tell him to show you my blueprints. How he created us both. Tell him to remind you I am beautiful too. Tell him I’ve read the Bible, I know of love. It is diverse, thousands of flowers. I’ve seen it in the shape of an orchid blooming inside my chest until the day it was ready to come out. Tell your God he did something right. I grew up to be a lover. Tell your God I’ve seen him officiate more weddings that funerals. Tell him that we are all imperfect and thank him for it. Tell him he’s a great father, even in absence. That his children feel safe in his arms. That the sun rises for him. Her. You. Us. That I can feel his warmth on my back. Tell him I don’t believe the rumors. Tell your God I forgive him.
Charles James, 1951
The Los Angeles County Museum of Art
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