samantha ardoin


Mommy, God’’s not in the cathedral
with the yellow caution tape & the moth-bitten pews
behind iron bars & the woman sobbing
behind bleached blonde bangs.
He shines in Salamanca by the dinnertime streetlamps
on the graffiti on top of graffiti, spraypaint ghosts
& red anarchy symbols. He’s there
among the mumbles of the zit-lipped revolutionaries
misspelling the word for leftovers,
misspelling the word for liberty.

Samantha Ardoin was born in 1994. She is currently a staff member for The Adroit Journal, and has won numerous poetry awards, including a Gold Key from the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. She is on the verge of graduating from Phillips Exeter Academy, and will be going to Ursinus College, most likely majoring in English and minoring in Creative Writing, though she would prefer majoring in People Watching.