Saints and Lovers
She remembers when the girl’s hair caught fire at choir practice. She enjoyed unpleasant smells like sulfur. The Croatian priest hit the girl on the back of the head to put the fire out.
Mass itself could be infuriating. Who did these men think they were? If you arrived late you could always stand in the narthex and whisper. But she started going to Dunkin’ Donuts instead.
One thing she learned from her grandmother at an early age was that you could pray to St. Anthony for anything. You could say, St. Anthony, please help me find the path to success, or St. Anthony, please help me find me a suitable lover.
You could also pray to St. Anthony anywhere, including Dunkin’ Donuts.
Tara Roeder is an Associate Professor of Writing Studies in New York City. Her work has appeared in multiple venues including Hobart, MonkeyBicycle, and Cheap Pop. She is the author of two chapbooks, (all the things you’re not), available from dancing girl press, and maritime, available from Bitterzoet Press.