Fear not, O Zion, be not discouraged! The Lord, your God, is in your midst, a mighty savior
(First Reading)


Hints of honeysuckle

in the air

a skunk’s slow progress

told by the trembling

of tassel grass and


an indigo bunting

feeding on seeding


both silk—the thistle


the bird electric blue

the swell of corn fields

pilings of clouds with

the sun breaking through

as Hans Christian Andersen

said on his deathbed

“Oh God, I could kiss you”

J. Janda