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…a poem for Ash Wednesday, 2014

Time was I set my face toward Jerusalem
Light of nations and Israel’s glory
But cross-ward facing,
Feel not so
Prepared for the way before me
To Jerusalem
Of prophets’ tombs and apostles’ dooms
Twittering unsheltered chicks
Helpless, yet ready to fight
Jerusalem arrests me
Not seeing
Not knowing
The things that make for peace
Will shatter me
Will save Jerusalem.
On garden ground
My heart rends of holding grief and hope
It has never been done before,
But being done now
Will render Jerusalem’s new gates never shut

Dogwood blossoms, Duke University West Campus

Dogwood blossoms, Duke University West Campus

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