Dailies 7/15/17: climbing ladders, trying to pray, mourning an absence, & a rental dog

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Lynne Sharon Schwartz – The Ladders

I was climbing risky rope ladders,
slowly, step by step, nearing the topmost rung
of the topmost ladder, it was some sort of quest.
I knew the reward was waiting at the peak.

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Rena Priest – The Rental Dog

The train came and the man

sat next to me, showed me

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Twyla Hansen – Trying to Pray

With my arms raised in a vee,
I gather the heavens and bring
my hands down slow together,
press palms and bow my head.

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Paul Laurence Dunbar – Absence

Good-night, my love, for I have dreamed of thee
In waking dreams, until my soul is lost—

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