Poem of the Month–September 2010 ‘Psalm’

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Poem of the Month ~ September 2010
Read this in a whisper loud enough for your ears to hear every word,

and your heart too, which knows goodness and mercy

follow you everywhere….like a shadow.

–Krayna

Psalm

The only psalm I had memorized was the 23rd
and now I find myself searching for the order
of the phrases knowing it ends with surely
goodness and mercy will follow me
all the days of my life and I will dwell
in the house of the Lord forever only I remember
seeing a new translation from the original Hebrew
and forever wasn’t forever but a long time
which is different from forever although
even a long time today would be
good enough for me even a minute entering
the House would be good enough for me,
even a hand on the door or dropping today’s
newspaper on the stoop or looking in the windows
that are reflecting this morning’s clouds in first light.


Stuart Kestenbaum, from Prayers & Run-on Sentences.
© Deerbrook Editions, 2007.
Copyrighted material, for educational/therapeutic use only.

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