A daily poem #318 – January 8, 2011

A poem
by Kevin Young
selected from the book

    ‘Ardency: A Chronicle of the Amistad Rebels’

Ash Wednesday

Once I thought everything
has a soul

Then I learnt only
the fool fears the tree—

It is empty—

So too the wind
that sends it which

way & that—

Now I know God
is such a wind

from which we
are rent—

The heavens take
the tree

from the tree—
leaf by leaf—

Being gone, taken,
is what means Heaven—

It is full—of wings—

A music of what
is missing

since nothing
but men have souls

tho, it appears,
not many.

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~ by Chris Hibbard on January 8, 2011.

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