The National Catholic Review

One’s life lasts an hour or two
in the grand scheme of things.

For a while we hear the larks,
the blows come later.

What happens when birds sing
and then death stabs hard?

One late summer night a voice
reaches down to life’s remains,

things calm, the windows close
and open to a different scheme.

Leonard Cirino is the editor of Pygmy Forest Press in Springfield, Ore. His latest collection is Omphalos (Pygmy Forest Press).

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