Nathaniel’s Cry

Before Philip called you, when you were under the fig tree, I saw you.

(John 1:48)

How I have tried

To duck under fig 

Leaf covers

Concealed as nectar 

In clover

Hiding without

And seething within.

How long, oh LORD?

Vashti, deposed. 

For what?

Esther’s ascension. 

Elijah’s ascension.

Ahab’s wrath and Herod’s. 

Will You forget Your servant forever?


Daniel in lion’s den,


Lion of Judah–


How long, oh LORD?

Hail Augustus.

Hail tax-collectors.

Hail Rome.


With No home.

How long, oh LORD?

I looked for comfort,

And found none. 

For shelter, 

And the fig tree withers. 

How long–


Photo Credit: Flickr

Shabbat Shalom 🙂

Published by Stephaniesninthsuitcase

Hi, there! My name is Stephanie and I’m a Fresno, CA native. After studying at Biola University, I received my MLIS (Masters in Library Science) from San Jose State University. I live with my mom, poet Kimberly Vargas Agnese, and serve as her unofficial agent. We reside at MeadowArc, a food forest in its infancy. I am called to, and passionate about, purity. In fact, the name Agnes means “pure.” Before I was born, my mom felt led to include the name Agnes in her name, and in the names of her children. My full, hyphenated name includes 26 letters (but not the whole alphabet).

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