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from Sermons and Lectures Both Blank and Relentless


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To live by the book     The chicken to the ox
Suffering never stops, but one learns to muddle
through it, beyond it, to the next loving sermon
Cold rain falling     Poplars and swingset
stock still in the calm     The blanket
surrounds us     The reckless driver fails to stop
What it means most occurs to us when life’s a picnic
turned to dust     Ending something, something’s lost
The marching ants all leave the farm     The voice
of the city     Mile upon mile of a hard wooden people
Fiery furnace always seemed a better title, but
what’s truly important: keep a light