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Grateful Complaint

You shatter me as if I were thin glass, till there is nothing left of me but crumbs, uproot and toss me like a weed from grass, and strike my nerves as if they were your drums; unhinge me from … Continue reading

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Spouse Remorse

You couldn’t ever be the way you were without me wishing you’d be otherwise: some vastly different way I would prefer for blessings I would clothe in my disguise. Although there were some parts of you I liked, some parts, … Continue reading

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Twisted Sanctity

No bee will claim that it is virtuous to keep from pollinating any bloom; asceticism seems unique to us, along with awful existential gloom. No bird believes that it would be more pure to not employ its song to find … Continue reading

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Street Portrait

You wore a large black, plastic garbage bag and sat with just your face extending through, as if from some big coat—unlike a rag because it shimmered, loosely wrapping you. And I was struck to see you sitting there because … Continue reading

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Longfellow Bridge

It’s been two hundred years since you were born, and far more than a century has elapsed since when you died, before the world was torn by global wars in which nations collapsed. And bombs you can’t have dreamt of … Continue reading

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Omnipresence

How often have I looked up when I prayed, as if You were at some point in the sky, where I would rather be if I could trade, or I at least could peek as if a spy. The calmness … Continue reading

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Instructor

Professor Leaf, please teach me how to make food out of love as you make food from light, the sun that you convert for your tree’s sake so it may grow up to a lofty height. For I have come … Continue reading

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