Darkly Devotions

Lyric prose meditations that play with elements from evangelical Christianity, Buddhism, yoga, reiki, Tarot and “weird voodoo shit.”

~by Cindy Clem


Opening Exercise: Re-read the tale of Snow White as if Snow White were a leper.

Today’s passage:

Numbers 12:19-20 So the anger of the Lord was aroused against them, and He departed. And when the cloud departed from above the tabernacle, suddenly Miriam became leprous, as white as snow. Then Aaron turned toward Miriam, and there she was, a leper[1].

Jazzing it Up[2]:

And there she was, leprous, and Aaron turned, aroused, as white as tabernacles.

The Lord clouded toward them.

Aaron, have you entered the treasury of snow? Have you treasured it? (The Lord suddenly an anger from above, and white Miriam, leprous as snow.)

She is my sister. Even her clothes abhor her.

God says to the snow, ‘Be on the earth.’ His voice thunders marvelously. Who can stand before His cold?

Clothe your sister with scarlet, Aaron, your tabernacle with frost like ashes.

If I wash myself with snow water, yet He will plunge me into the pit.

No one comes to the Father.

Who will fight for you? Who can kill a lion in a pit on a snowy day?

The lion-like grandfather of Benaiah, it is said, his As also unriven by consonants.

The tabernacle clouds with departure, Aaron. Be on the earth.

Turn toward the snow white anger of the Lord.

For He thunders, marvelously, and Miriam is white.

No one can wear her clothes. When she wears her clothes, her skin falls off.


Closing Exercise: The next time it snows, put on your Sunday best, sit at a table with three of your friends, and lip sync to this song. You may do this exercise at any time, even if it never snows where you live.  It will help you cultivate a Positive Attitude.


[1] If you have a suspicious skin sore, your doctor will remove a small sample of the abnormal skin and send it to a lab to be examined. This is called a skin biopsy. (WebMD)

[2] This section includes quotes and ideas from the following Bible verses about snow: I Chronicles 11:22, Job 9:30, 37:5-6, 38:22-23; Psalm 147:16-17; Proverbs 31:21.



Cindy Clem received her MFA in poetry in 2005 and has been writing non-fiction ever since. Her poems and essays have appeared (magically!) in Mid-American Review, The Normal School, Prairie Schooner, Memoir (and), Superstition Review, The Interrobang, Spittoon, and Michigan Quarterly Review (forthcoming).