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2005-05-15

Pope John Paul II (b. Karol Wojtyla)
B. 5.18.20 Wadowice, Poland / D. 4.2.05 Vatican City
Heart Failure

You look for improvement.
You look for—you confidently expect improvement.
In the good way of the patient, the careful
farmers of vines, fruits, seeds for milling.
The sheeting you’ve tacked, raised, over the young rows
when storms were predicted;
the stakes, braces and wraps you’ve tied;
the sprays repellent applied, the granules nutritious ladled.
Keeping at hope like a puzzle of numbers or knots:
Men will change.

You watch the chimney.
You join the crowds watching the chimney.
You descry through the gray puff-muddle streamers of pearl.
A basket of weevil carcasses tossed in the stove
resurrected—a herald:
Oh no they won’t.

Consolation Site: What is this?

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