Sometimes I must tell time to be quiet, to “shush”–
Time is an indolent child, unraveling a blanket
thread by thread with a radar for my distraction.
The lid of winter closes down and I realize it has been days,
weeks, months, years, a lifetime of serving two masters.
Here’s how to stretch an eternity in the present like salt-taffy
held in tension and rain: bed down in the love of your ancestors,
write a long letter, give something away, sit with someone who remembers you young. Double your day by letting the morning sun
dance in her dusty shadows without you. Be a watchman, be a lighthouse
for the word that will come from the Lord. Pay attention to how God
knows you and speaks to you, and only command your ears to stiffen for that. Pick up the threads of your own soul and let them meander
into the wind of the unknown and weave.