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[Panhala] Testimony -- Rebecca Baggett

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    Testimony (for my daughters) I want to tell you that the world is still beautiful. I tell you that despite children raped on city streets, shot down in school
    Message 1 of 1 , Nov 30, 2004
       
      Testimony
      (for my daughters)
       
      I want to tell you that the world
      is still beautiful.
      I tell you that despite
      children raped on city streets, 
      shot down in school rooms,
      despite the slow poisons seeping
      from old and hidden sins
      into our air, soil, water,
      despite the thinning film
      that encloses our aching world. 
      Despite my own terror and despair.
       
      I want you to know that spring
      is no small thing, that
      the tender grasses curling
      like a baby�s fine hairs around 
      your fingers are a recurring
      miracle. I want to tell you
      that the river rocks shine
      like God, that the crisp 
      voices of the orange and gold
      October leaves are laughing at death,
       
      I want to remind you to look
      beneath the grass, to note
      the fragile hieroglyphs
      of ant, snail, beetle. I want
      you to understand that you
      are no more and no less necessary
      than the brown recluse, the ruby-
      throated hummingbird, the humpback 
      whale, the profligate mimosa.
      I want to say, like Neruda,
      that I am waiting for
      �a great and common tenderness�,
      that I still believe
      we are capable of attention,
      that anyone who notices the world
      must want to save it.
       
      ~ Rebecca Baggett ~
       
      (Women's Uncommon Prayers)
       

       
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