Kierstin Wilkins

I rinse my hand under running water

and

          just

                   like

                            that,

staring at the mirror,                I am made new.

It doesn’t matter that this is not a church,

or that I am not praying to God.

In this moment of appreciation,

I am praying to myself —

how have I never noticed

the halo above my own head?

I think I have become holy.

                                                Amen.

Kierstin Wilkins is currently a sophomore at Rice University, majoring in English with a slight pre-law propensity. During the summer, she returns to San Antonio to visit her family and her three black labs. High Noon will be her first publication as an adult, but she was also published in her high school’s literary magazine, Ampersand. She works as a staff member on the Rice literary magazine, R2, and is an active member and leader of Rice Mock Trial. She enjoys listening to music and “chillaxing” in her free time.

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