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God's Act in Acts
Irina Ratushinskaya
Comeback for Snowy Plover
Dancing in the Cathedral
Chiang Mai
The Possiblilities of Clay
Sonnet for my left hip
The Golden Carp
What I Needed to Do
Mary Considers Her
States of being
The longevity of roots
The Returns of Love
Leaf, fallen
Photos from My Trip
The Songs of Camoapa
The Annunciatory
Psalm for the
January Thaw
Holding on
The chair without
The blue eyeball
Emergency Supplies
Peace on Earth
Robin in the late afternoon
Catch of the day
Chiang Mai

In his time off my doctor son
forgets bodies,
carves spoons. With surgical precision
he uses his little curved scalpel,
and though the wood is raw
and the shavings fall like leaves
on the floor around him
no blood is shed.

I’m watching the slow reveal:
sculpting, he uncovers
the spoon shape within
the blunt stick that he
used to defend himself today,
chasing away the wild dogs
on his morning run. Now he is renewed
for tomorrow’s long hours
at the clinic, treating the bleeding bodies
and their resident souls.

Luci Shaw

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