Holy Scripture by Sade Andria Zabala


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Holy Scripture

Your body as confession,

as bible story: here 

beneath your left earlobe

best friends became strangers, there 

beside your Adam’s apple

we were born again. Somewhere

on your solar plexus still lies

21 offerings cremated

ashes to ashes, dust to –

Your body as original sin:

mother abandons Eden to barter 

breast for bone, grafting you

from her cologne. You smell of

death even when you don’t mean to.

Your body as prayer, 

as scripture: 1 Corinthians 13:4-13

“Love is patient, love is kind. 

It does not envy, it does not boast, 

it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not 

self-seeking, it is not easily angered, 

it keeps no record of wrongs.”


John 14:6 “I am the way, 

the truth and the life.”

Your body as hymnals, 

your body as amazing grace, 

as hallelujah! hallelujah!, as

a-fucking-men.


Your body as church, your body as graveyard. 

Your body as purgatory, as pilgrimage, as third-day resurrection. 

Your body as forgiveness.
Your body as God.



Sade Andria Zabala

Sade Andria Zabala is the Filipina author of poetry books WAR SONGS and Coffee & Cigarettes (Thought Catalog Books, 2016). Her writing has appeared on Literary Orphans, Persephone’s Daughters, Hooligan Magazine, and more. When she’s not busy watching Survivor or having a knife fight with her anxiety, she writes for Thought Catalog. Follow her Tumblr or Instagram.