Sarah Ruden October 10, 2013 - 9:56am
Remarkable, a wave so sharp and sheer—
It is metal—hear it rattle, like a logger’s gear.
See how it shines on leaves as dull as ash,
And rusted wires of roots like buried trash.
It stops me, takes my elbow in its hand,
And sniffs my hair, and eyes my wedding band.
It asks, “Where do you live? Why don’t you show me?
You can’t have been here long, or else you’d know me.”
I cannot speak or move: I recognize
My soft and warm and cool house in its eyes,
And now I pray that God, when roof and walls
Are gone, spares me from everything that falls,
Lets sheets and blankets lie in mold down there,
While I sleep cleanly, naked in midair.
But I’m a fool. His Judgment is no part
Of the imagination of my heart,
But part of Grace—to which I come the way
Of those most richly in this demon’s pay.