Almost

Posted: January 22, 2011 in Uncategorized

There was a chapter in which

everything was sacrificed

exceeding all previous attempts

no matter how valiant

 

In the end nothing more

could be done, or done better

with provisions on hand,

that once seemed adequate

 

Everything, in its fullness

was undressed, made naked

and reduced to nothing

with torches in the  shadows

 

That was the microsecond

when the wind stopped

the boom crossed the bow

and the heading changed forever

 

A new word, almost,

took its place in the credo

an unwritten proposition

the better part of wisdom

 

To give everything is to leave

no margin for grace or self

or compatriots to shoulder

their part of the load.

 

Almost carves out the space

everything does not, its crowded

grasp too much, too easily taken,

mistaken and forsaken

 

Making God everything

means giving everything else

less than everything,

almost everything, enough

 

©Tim Carson, January 22, 2011

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