On a Minister’s Leaving

[For Jayne Kuroiwa]   Our holy Master long ago Compared his words to seeds… Our granaries are full of them Both his and ours (and yours). And yours unpublished vanished As soon as they were said Like bubbles exquisite And crystal clear and colorful and brief.   At least, I thought they did Until I took a closer look at this old soil And found some sprouts like memories Enlivening my soul And others, too, a field of soft green shoots That have us thinking now Of growth and...

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Micah’s Daughter

[In honor of Sr. Rosemary Hocevar, OSU]   “..And what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?” (Micah 6:8)   Time is not the essence When your very name Is one of the other herbs And all your time was spent Adding zest to life And fighting for the young Who did not have the pungency To craft a better life…   You walked on Micah’s words As if they were the stepping stones Across that vast and watery expanse Called “Education.”   We see you there still beckoning To those of us who fear For crocodiles and drowning: “Just hold my hand,” you say, “And plant your feet On these my stones.”   And so we do, with faith That even if this darkling fog Prevents our seeing you, The memory of that beckoning hand And eager voice Will force our...

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God Must Be Like That

God must be like that: She picks you out of a crowd Who hardly know your name, And turns her face to you With eyes that long ago Put judgment in a box And now forgets just where She laid the key. She smiles and says some words Of thanks or praise. You feel as if you’ve had a drink Of water, mountain-clear and cool, And so you find your way again –Refreshed— And hurry on, Remembering those moments of her gaze When you were touched By...

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Cameo

I cannot have this world Just for myself For everywhere I go I find the leavings Of some prior lessor of the land; So maybe if I choose a scene And frame it like a picture-taker does, I’ll keep it safely cameoed In the album of my...

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