Small Things

It will be a small thing
should such an one as I  no more than live,
achieving only
that I place a foot
before another foot;
a thought
before a thought;
(was I ever fit for even this?)
crossing with courage
the ordained bridge of breathing
from yesterday to tomorrow  until the end –
steadily confessing the undying who arose.

“A rose” may be my only miracle:
Celestial beauty
from worm-eaten earth.
Arise! Arise! flourish silently on woody stem;
be shaded by your rough and raspy leaves;

And if with thorns you tear my flesh,
well, it will be a small thing.

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