Act of the moment

Act of the moment

Act of the moment
         language of the moment
: language of the instant
          the not-thought-about instant
words laid into limestone
         chisel-minds creating stelae
beauty beyond explanation
         beyond the need for explanation
just as the hawk and the dove
         seek no redemption

no inner and outer
         but a wholeness
fired with energy
         with self-purpose

Nature does not demur
         nor does it suffer
from crises of conscience
         through the mist
through the frost
         a white moon
feeds on the grass
          My mother was
my place of birth
         she grew
where cattle grazed
         where every step
was a dance
         and in the mountains
the deer ran wild
         and stars kept their faith
in the lonely sky

John Lyons


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