Anastasia Arvin-DiBlasio | 19
We carried prayers
about work and love and each other.
About headaches and sports games and homework.
We carried our coffee and granola bars,
our bike locks and backpacks and coats
on cold days
which we hung over the pews in the comforting dark of the chapel.
We carried our Bibles,
NIV and ESV and study versions,
in German and Spanish and English,
with leather and cardboard and plastic covers,
with words in black and gold and red.
We tucked them lovingly between evolution textbooks
And Communist manifestos and copies of Mein Kampf.
We carried each other,
to and from breakfast
and out of the dark.
We carried the whole campus some days,
with all the demons and fear and hatred in it,
and had to have eggs and bacon and pancakes to keep ourselves strong.
We carried our phones,
And sometimes when it was too much to carry,
Jesus carried us.
Anastasia Arvin-DiBlasio, Bowdoin Class of 2019. Undeclared. Manchester VT.
Out of an overflow of the Father’s love for her, “Cubby” loves and is loved by others.