The Ancient Modern

20/20  /  Joshua Alan Sturgill

A fine year
for those who knew
how to pray. Rain

fell in due measure;
government and God
agreed stillness

is a necessity. The dog
of the body, we found,
tugs less exuberantly

on the gardener’s soul.
Each simply brings
its delight—birds, seeds,

branches for fetch—
to show the other.
A year for watching.

Rain fell; flowers
rose, unfolded. Sparrows
gathered in the fields.

A fine year. Year
of opportunity, rich
with verdant grace


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