“Time pummels…”

Time pummels
The whole
Globe
With catastrophe
And weather—
Why be
Surprised
It also
Tests poems?

So what if
It’s old?
So what if
It’s been
Wept over
For centuries?

Notice—not a
Single phrase
Is blurred
On the page.

Here they are:
Words
Arranged in
Hopeful lines,
Patient
As seeds
In their furrows.

What is your voice
If not the rain?

“Time pummels…” by Gregory Orr. Copyright © 2020 by Gregory Orr. Used with permission of the author.

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