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“Earth's crammed with heaven, 

And every common bush afire with God; 

But only he who sees, takes off his shoes - 

The rest sit round it and pluck blackberries.”  

Elizabeth Barrett Browning

sudsy water warm cleansing
my legs are full
i look out over the kitchen sink
dark world, drippy with rain

the house sleeps on
kitty waits
it won't be too long
the sleeping house will wake

for now i wash and wipe
alone, quiet, cleansing
knowing all the while
i walk on holy ground


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