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August Ends

August ends a drip from a hose long ago disconnected from its wall`faucet Well`run`dry The onions peel in their rows their pale orange skins browning in a sun Beach`bums Bumble`bees crawl over the last of the summer lavender fragrant to … Continue reading

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Deportee’s Lament

I was working picking your apples from high up your ladder in your vast orchard of endless trees If not picking I drove your sprayer wearing your protective suit & your gas`mask down endless rows If not spraying I pruned … Continue reading

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Tomato`Time

The spring garden has all gone to seed the garden boxes where row`on`row of potatoes greened and blossomed where peas climbed up the tall trellises And the cauliflower sheltered their heads with elephant`ear leaves beside the bolted spinach beside the … Continue reading

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Rain`Dance

Like primitives we pray for rains not for the greening of the crops but for cleansing the skies of acrid smoke The lungs ache from the weight of scorched forests even as hearts ache for the creatures being cremated Driven … Continue reading

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Field`Workers

See them working the fields in this fierce heat White shirts over bent backs red ball`caps on their heads planting seedlings down endless rows never looking to either side At first glance they look like pelicans grubbing for grain These … Continue reading

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We Were Strangers Once

We were all strangers once new kids in new schools who talked different than the others wore hand`me`down clothes shoes too big for our feet We didn’t even have bikes so walked to class every day In our lunch boxes … Continue reading

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Groundhog Saturday

It is Our day perpetually sitting in grief before the Stone following a Friday unforgettable listening for murmurings of love from behind death’s wall but hearing nothing walking away Saturdays come Saturdays again go Days never nearer mercy never nearer … Continue reading

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Good Friday Again

Good Friday again and again the question What’s so good about it? Yet another gray day another gray week Years have a way of taking all the colors out of life’s familiarities Soon we fail to see all but its … Continue reading

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Night Terrors

“But I will sing of your might;      I will sing aloud of your         steadfast love in the morning.   For you have been a fortress for me      and a refuge in the … Continue reading

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If I Were a Tree

“But I am like a green olive tree            in the house of God.      I trust in the steadfast love of God            forever and ever.      I will … Continue reading

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Mercy & Grace

“Have mercy on me, O God,         according to your steadfast love;         according to your abundant mercy            blot out my transgressions.   Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity, … Continue reading

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An Affirming Flame

Out of the chaos of these anxious days a people too long silent are discovering conscience a people too long silent are finding their voice to speak Justice A ship on the sea is more visible at night than it … Continue reading

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