clearly fresh…

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Clearly

To see clearly,
not needing a drink
or pill or puff
of any pipe
to know I’m alive. To come home, peel off sandals and step onto
the cool tile floor needing only
the rush of water over strawberries

I picked myself and then a knife to trim the dusty green heads
from each one,
to watch them
gleam cleanly
in a colander
in a patch of sun
near the sink.

James Crews
From Bluebird
April 15

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Fresh

To move Cleanly. Needing to be Nowhere else.
Wanting nothing From any store. To lift something You already had
And set it down in
A new place.
Awakened eye
Seeing freshly.
What does that do to
The old blood moving through
Its channels?
Naomi Shihab Nye from You & Yours

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