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Forgiveness, second verse
Nov 17, 2009
"Nevertheless man, though in honor, does not remain;
He is like the beasts that perish . . ." –Ps. 49:12
Another fall, another shift
of cloud. One hawk, two
hawks sift the patient or impatient
grace of crows:
who owns the skyward lamppost, who has
air rights to overfly the trees.
Down the road, a stone's throw
from their motley argument, the asphalt
where death's gray squirrel body
lapsed from bloodied substance
to the white signature of
a year, two years ago
this day records in dust
in the hollowed crucible
where mortality erased itself
a newborn chuff of grass.