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Graber, John / Only on this planet
(2007)

Standing in the middle of my life,   p. 32


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Standing in the Middle of My Life 
Down this road above my Mississippi, 
along Lake Pepin, I have often walked 
but never seen what I have seen today. 
Down the steep bank through sumac reds 
and past the ash and willow yellows, 
impossibly swimming in cold October water, 
were all the people I can't forgive 
and all I fear who can't forgive me. 
And they all were happy, wet with forgiveness, 
all glad to be wearing the same robe of water. 
They were all one and all was forgiven. 
But how could I trust their faces 
calling me into the same water they swam in? 
How could I let their water flow over me? 
How can forgiving and being forgiven be the same? 
How can both cover me as it covers them 
as is the nature of water? 
How could I have stood and just watched? 
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