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The Web Poetry Corner - Joris John Heise - Small Things Make Great People

Small Things Make Great People


Joris John Heise

A husband, I must choose between
The Bengals and the job-jar tasks
My wife waits weekends for—to nail
Or clean, to plant or sand or dig.

This woman, too, would rather rest
Would let slide washing clothes today;
Would read, or watch TV or sleep
When chores require stairs to climb.

These daily choices do the Will
Of God—cause peace across our world,
To reach its war-mongers and pause
Our haste towards death, towards war, towards null.

My finite focusses—these acts—create
A wink of beauty in the very stars,
And rough-born hope appears like light
Each first-day dawn of all there is.

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