What I Have Faith In - George Payne

The bending of starlight
and my next breath, given
unto me as the heart is given
unto the chest. Or how the summer
moon is given unto the Comanche
warrior. And I have faith in you
kissing me, under violets and lady’s
slipper, in the wild gardens of Acadia,
where dancing butterflies dare to land.

George Cassidy Payne is an essayist and poet from Rochester, New York. His work has been included in such publications as the Hazmat Review, MORIA Poetry Journal, Chronogram Magazine, Ampersand Literary Review, Allegro, Red Porch Review, Tea House, The Angle at St. John Fisher College and 3:16 Journal. George’s blogs, essays and letters have appeared in USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, The Atlantic, the Havana Times, the South China Morning Post, The Buffalo News, Syracuse Post Standard, and Rochester City Newspaper.