Academic journal article Dialogue : A Journal of Mormon Thought

From outside the Settlement

Academic journal article Dialogue : A Journal of Mormon Thought

From outside the Settlement

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but here Death is already chalking the doors with crosses, and calling the ravens, and the ravens are flying in.

Anna Akhmatova, translated by Stanley Kunitz

Its hard to balance

the pads of your feet on a railing.

He hadnt thought of that

until just now,

with the sound of water

skirting below him.

Hed thought of his people,

of belonging,

the way smiles are like sign posts

marking the miles home

but the mileage always reads

the same,

marked in zeros

as big as their eyes.

And hed thought of the men

up north that would soon

be circling in preparation

like ravens.

Just south, his people

would be setting out dinner now.

He knew there would be

potatoes, carrots,

and venison.

He knew the children

would play games

beneath the table,

little fingers tracing pictures

they found in the patterns of the f loor.

There would be words of prayer

and the low vibrating hum of hymns. …

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