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Finding Level: a poem by Janie Oakes


When words are many, transgression is not lacking
but the prudent are restrained in speech – Proverbs


A bookmark for memorizing Bible books

climbing Jacob’s ladder, the stories ran together

Who was it survived on honey and bugs?

Whose lost hair rendered him weak?


What a pleasure to discover

Wisdom was a woman



Earth holds its own intelligence    tears

of human mistakes refill the seas

The acorn’s hard cover protects

the pleated edge of life


No matter how we live and die   water

changes course   moves earth    finds level



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