national anthology of the best undergraduate writing 2014

god for me

Courtney Bush  • 
New York University

is the way my grandfather thinks about jesus

believes until it’s just called knowing

like science or directions


his hands are hard as stone

when water hits them in the sink

washing some ceramic birds

my grandmother left him


what i believe is he believes in god

and he tells me on sundays

washes the birds

uses the word amazing


it is just my grandfather

talking and the cathedral

is built in front of me


two hands

water falling from them