Love by the Ounce
by Alice B. Clagett

We sell our selves down the river by the ounce, not by the pound, 
As politicians sell the common good to special interest groups. 
Little by little. Principle by principle. Love by tiny hopeful love. 
Like a baby crying for its mother 
Like a viola longing for a bow 
Like the self, fabricating other 
As the still stream dreams the raging torrent 
As Earth longs for the presence of her children 
Like grace, never ending, never known 

--a gift of love, 2015


photo by Alice B. Clagett, 2015

from "The Chalice and the Crucible"   Site home page: 2U3D


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