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“Dark edges of fish caught in November's freeze / glint like knives through lake's ice.”
“Father. I write all my poems so I may bury you more kindly. / Father. I write all my poems to keep you alive.”
“ ... there have been so many answers / they have all been right.”
“... badness has such energy / it can drive the goodness from your soul / and leave you bad, even if you've practiced / goodness, and have been walking down the road / to grace all your life.”
“The longing to be holy makes us weep, and we trust tears since they are made of water and come from our body, a double blessing.”
“My father is dead and I cannot turn him into a white rose, though I try.”
“... my children's faces are private candles i sometimes worship at ... ”
“My son called to me that God was inside his red fire engine. He wanted to show me. I did move as fast as I could, spilling like water through the kitchen door into a summer day, but God had left by the time I got there. My son smiled, told me I'd missed him by seconds.”
“In poetry you can leave out everything but the truth.”
Deborah Keenan, U.S. poet