Evening Poetry, March 19

Time is Doing Something To Us

by Annie Lighthart

Time is doing something to us so gradually and softly
we don't notice for years,

and then the work is done--
we are older.

A craftsman who works this slowly
is a master,

and it seems unwise
to challenge that art.

Then what?
Then feel the morning air. Walk out at night

as if into the sky.
It is just a little while after all.

The tree you are under will tell you
it moved into time and grew deeper.

We too can do this.
The master leaves a mystery

that breaks out once in leaf, once
in clarifying fire.

You can find this in Pax.

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