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How It Is With Us, And How It Is With Them – Mary Oliver

We become religious,
then we turn from it,
then we are in need and maybe we turn back.
We turn to making money,

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In Passing – Ted Kooser

From a half block off I see you coming,
walking briskly along, carrying parcels,
furtively glancing up into the faces
of people approaching, looking for someone
you know, holding your smile in your mouth

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The Capacity of Speech – Austin Smith


It is easy to be decent to speechless things.
To hang houses for the purple martins
To nest in. To bed down the horses under
The great white wing of the year’s first snow.

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I Am the Whole Defense – Mai Der Vang

Mid-1700s, Southwestern China

Lightning is the creature who carries a knife.

Two months now,
The rains hold watch.

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