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Sunday, April 10, 2011

Hope, a virtue for today!

Whoops! This was to be scheduled for later, but maybe someone needs to read it today as it just appeared!! Maybe I am the one who needs hope...
Here is a poem that I think you will like as we need hope so much today and it is good to realize that we do have this virtue; we just need to practice it!


It hovers in dark corners
before the lights are turned on,
it shakes sleep from its eyes
and drops from mushroom gills,
it explodes in the starry heads
of dandelions turned sages,
it sticks to the wings of green angels
that sail from the tops of maples.

It sprouts in each occluded eye
of the many-eyed potato,
it lives in each earthworm segment
surviving cruelty,
it is the motion that runs the tail of a dog,
it is the mouth that inflates the lungs
of the child that has just been born.

It is the singular gift
we cannot destroy in ourselves,
the argument that refutes death,
the genius that invents the future,
all we know of God.

It is the serum that makes us swear
not to betray one another;
It is in this poem, trying to speak.

Lisel Mueller

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