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Published on January 12th, 2017 | by TLV News

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Baptismal Prayer: A poem by James Tighe

Wash me, Lord, my naked body

dunk me in the river

in the blood, if need be

bear my sins away

absolve my fears in the waters of forgiveness

rich as a mother’s milk

May a robed choir sing

from both banks of the river

and may the faces of all the dead convocate in the sky above

and smile down on my ignorances and perplexity

Rinse me, Lord

assuage my self-inflicted wounds with ablutions

bathe me in water as in light

like a mother cleanses her perfect newborn babe

As I grow toward the Light

give me a voice to sing

hands to build and caress

a pair of eyes that sparkle in the sunlight and moonlight

even when they’ve gone blind

Give me a mind with which to contemplate and be prayerful

a body that bears up

is buoyant upon the oceans

which are reservoirs of tears

of everyone who has ever felt the pain and delirious joy of living

Let me never learn about a woman’s love

if I am not to experience it in this lifetime

Please give me a body

that both lives and dies

May every death

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The Local Voice is a bimonthly entertainment guide and newspaper based in Oxford, Mississippi, covering and distributed in North Central Mississippi, including Oxford, Ole Miss, Taylor, Abbeville, Water Valley, Lafayette County, Yalobusha County, and parts of Panola County, Marshall County, and Tupelo . The Local Voice is distributed free to over 255 locations in North Mississippi and also available as a full color PDF download worldwide on the internet.



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