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Nancy Willard

A Hardware Store as Proof of the Existence of God

I praise the brightness of hammers pointing east
like the steel woodpeckers of the future,
and dozens of hinges opening brass wings,
and six new rakes shyly fanning their toes,
and bins of hooks glittering into bees,

and a rack of wrenches like the bones of horses,
and mailboxes sowing rows of silver chapels,
and a company of plungers waiting for God
to claim their thin legs in their big shoes
and put them on and walk away laughing.

In a world not perfect but not bad either
let there be glue, glaze, gum, and grabs,
caulk also, and hooks, shackles, cables, and slips,
and signs so spare a child may read them,
Men, Women, In, Out, No Parking, Beware the Dog.

In the right hands, they can work wonders.

World of Love: Poems for the Spirit

Hildegard of Bingen
Lal Ded
Adrienne Rich
Ann Lee
Pema Chodrun
Elinor Wylie
Marguerite Porete
Emily Dickinson
Joan Halifax
Kabita Sinha
Catherine de Vinck
Mother Teresa
Riffat Hassan
Imagine A Woman (Anonymous)
After A While (Anonymous)
Butterfly (Author Unknown)

Celebration of Love

Mission Statement
Poems of Love and Hope
A Need for Love
I Love Dave
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