Sunday, December 28, 2008

terms of surrender

Terms of Surrender

We hide in the dead grass.
Heat makes the rocks tremble.
Before night rescues us we have
accepted the terms: crawled
lied, cheated -- lived.

We take what the world gives.
We bow our heads like flowers
and think of the ways we came.
Before sleep each night we put
our mouths against a clod
and breathe our share of common air--

The truest way there is to say God's name.

--William Stafford

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