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Grass Beside the Church of St. Francis Xavier

March 12, 2018

 

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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