by Ben Long We trade sips from the same glass Sending it Back And forth Over And over Until it empties And we refill it. Tell me, what is intimacy if not this? What is intimacy if not a Voluntary sharing of something That could easily be kept to yourself? The living room has become a church, The couch has become an altar, And God is in the drink That we pass to one another. This is a prayer: Another half an hour. This is a genuflection: Your knee is bent. This is peace: Your hand brushes mine. This is Communion: The wine is sweet. This is Confession: I Love You. I hope you can forgive Me for that.
Ben Long is a West Virginia native and an aspiring performer with a deep love for the arts. Ben was a member of the Performing Arts Conservatory in high school, has performed Shakespeare with the Rustic Mechanicals Apprentice troupe, and has appeared in productions put on by WVWC. He was also a three-time attendee of the WV Poetry Out Loud contest, and in 2021, he was recognized as a state champion and national finalist. Ben is currently pursuing a degree in Musical Theatre, with a minor in Creative Writing. “We Trade Sips” won second place in The Vandalia’s 2022 Art & Literature contest.