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By Marlanda Dekine Job 1:21

She told me about being wee little
waking early smashing watermelons
busting them into dirt

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This poem by Marlanda Dekine (Sapient Soul) invites the reader to explore the mysteries that lie beyond the initial perception of familiarity in response to Job 1:21.

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Job 1:21

21 And said, Naked came I out of my mother’s womb, and naked shall I return thither: the LORD gave, and the LORD hath taken away; blessed be the name of the LORD .

Marlanda Dekine

Marlanda Dekine

From the Artist

I am working to transmute feelings of loss. Of expectation & disappointment. Of feeling trapped in a liminal and transitional space, navigating desires and fears. I believe many people experience these feelings. I am certainly not the only person in my personal ancestry to experience them. There is both mysticism and groundedness in the experience of losing memory, time, loved ones, perceptions, beliefs, etc.

I considered “Naked came I”, “gave”, “taken”, and “blessed” within the context of the scripture and several words began to form free associations in my mind: cycles, birth, death, creation, destruction, coming, going, living, seeing, dying, uncontrollable, flow, stand. We can set deliberate intention amidst chaos at all times, I believe. This poem wanted to play within that realm and see what emerged.


Marlanda Dekine-Sapient Soul (she/her/they) is a poet and social worker from Plantersville, South Carolina. She is pursuing her MFA in Poetry with New York University's Low-Residency program in Paris.

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