John Gery Acceptance, Finally as when a street out of town evens, narrows without warning into a gentle right turn neither of us anticipated, then abruptly enters a dense fog so we stop and log hours of lying still on our backs like two girls at the toe of a tall pine, tugging at our wrists and tilting our knees up until at last bare needles high in the trees scribble across the sky's clearing (we twist over each other squinting to see) what one day we will remember as, the clouds now sweeping south, a surge of sheer delight: our blue prize. In Our Time In our time we needed no walls to protect us from our enemies, not because our enemies had no ladders, as they'd had in earlier times, nor because we had finally made peace, but because walls, as we built them, consisted of only water and earth, so soon would crumble. In our time our enemies came to believe in us and fear us, both, as though they knew we knew our strengths were justified. In our time, our enemies, no matter how carefully they tried to avoid us, could be found everywhere--at
Prairie Schooner – University of Nebraska Press
Published: Aug 20, 2007
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