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Blessings

June 5, 2018

 

This poem was first published in Issue 14 (2007) of Ancient Paths literary magazine.

 

 

 

 

 

Blessings
by Taylor Graham

 

Last night the horses stood 
huddled under the great black oak,
their breath steaming, each nostril
a damp hibiscus opening in the dark.
Now through the window, I see 
that same oak shivering
black-trunked in the not-quite dawn.

 

And now, the sun comes 
shimmering through the branches. 
Even the stoutest, oldest
tree flings wide its light-
struck leaves, its outstretched
golden hands in all directions
scattering blessings.

 

How could this house 
hold us?

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