Noblesse Oblige

Richard Hamilton

“Blessed are those who consider the poor;
     the Lord delivers them in the day of trouble.
  The Lord protects them and keeps them alive;
     they are called happy in the land.
        You do not give them up
        to the will of their enemies.
  The Lord sustains them on their sickbed;
     in their illness you heal all their infirmities.” ~ Psalm 41:1-3

Atop the hill
across the valley
the banker’s mansion
amid a vineyard
like a ledger

Along the hill
run the ramblers
of village merchants
gated locked like
Sunday shops

In the village
on narrow lanes
the red`brick houses
of teachers stack`
up like texts

Across the track
the children play
stick`ball in the dirt
of public houses
awaiting supper


About Peter Notehelfer

I'm a retired people person who now finds the time to watch the little details of the world without worrying about being watched by anyone . . . I live on an Island north of Seattle with my wife named Ellen, a yellow dog named McGee, a yellow cat named Gatzby, and four fine chickens . . . I read fiction, bake bread, smoke salmon, and fish whenever the weather allows . . . Oh, and yes, I try to write a poem every day simply to avoid senility!
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  1. soulful commentary

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