Dailies 12/25/16: winter trees, Christmas light, Augustine chanting, a sweet clear spring

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Christmas Light – May Sarton

When everyone had gone
I sat in the library
With the small silent tree,
She and I alone.
How softly she shone!

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[Words carved in a limestone boulder] –Reginald Gibbons

Leonidas of Tarentum (Italy, third century BCE)

You—passing through on foot and alone—don’t drink
this sun-staled water, clouded with slime. Beyond
these grazing cows, much farther uphill, go under

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Winter Trees – William Carlos Williams

All the complicated details
of the attiring and
the disattiring are completed!
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Augustine Chanting –  Daniel Corrie 

…the drops of my time are too precious. …
—Augustine

The wholeness stands. Its outlines cloud and alter.
The shape remains. It lives into reshaping.
A page recites the psalm, held whole in silence.
Memory traces contours of the psalm’s shape.

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