• Arthur Powers

Grass Beside the Church of St. Francis Xavier


The following poem was first published in Issue 13 (2005) of Ancient Paths literary magazine.

Grass Beside the Church of St. Francis Xavier (Night — Before a Late Summer Storm) by Arthur Powers (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)

This, too, must resist

passing storm, bleak night, summer grass beneath a battlement, kissed

by winds that twist small roots aright. This, too, must sheath tiny blades beside

a pale stone buttress rising, wide and white, disappearing—tried stone into black mist— lost up in holiness. This, too, must fight.

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