Looking for Lent

but taking on instead

the task of noticing whatever

has been there unseen

from the beginning

perceiving all those mysteries

monsters too and even

the odd miracle which

until now escaped

my eye caught up

in catching up

who knows

what may be glimpsed

between the lenten rose

and Easter’s banks of lilies

perhaps even the footprints

of the gardener himself

whose waking walking word

to us spells seeing

is believing.

J. Barrie Shepherd 3.26.04

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