THE GOOD NEWES FROM PLIMOTH/ Being thus arrived in a good harbor, and brought safe to land, they fell upon their knees and blessed the God of Heaven, who had brought them over the vast and furious ocean, and delivered them from all the perils and miseries thereof, again to set their feet on the firm and stable earth, their proper element. --William Bradford, Of Plimoth Plantation 1. Landing The right foot slips on a Rock but the left foot plants into sand, first steps of an infant colony near a wrack-line of driftwood and kelp. Two shallops keel over the tide: Strangers and Saints locking elbows in the froth. An ocean's fatigue. A line of goodwives climbing the dune's spine. They have baskets or children in their arms, iron pots, spools. They walk toward hornpout and otter fat, toward the gleam of a minted name, but above them the sky is spoiled cream, clabber from the bottom of a pail. 2. Path Down through the dark woods into the chambers of His imagery, marked snakes and creeping things, wings that glide over our path during cider season, through this dark place to the wooden chalice and the
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