I will wear sweatshirts with bright appliqués
Of owls, and work for Head Start. Saturdays
Will be the food bank; Sundays, church at ten.
Evenings, I’ll appliqué a dog or hen
To the craft fair quilt. I’ll be a thing as solid
In this sea, a thing as pure among the squalid
Lost herds, as God has made. How can He leave me
In this exam, this queue, this street, deceive me
So long about the earthy home that waited,
So neatly gardened, curtained—contemplated
So earnestly, so perfectly recited
In all my interviews? Why am I slighted?