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Tuesday, November 17, 2020


by Esther Greenleaf Murer

Your people will rebuild the ancient ruins and will raise up the age-old foundations; you will be called repairer of broken walls, restorer of streets with dwellings. —Isaiah 58:12

The repairer of breaches,
restorer of paths
has won by a handbreadth.
Now legions of leeches
and star-belly sneetches
drag out the aftermath.
Maintain the breaches!
Block all the paths!

Enough with the screeches
of stokers of wrath
indifferent to megadeaths.
Heed him who teaches
repairing of breaches,
restoring of paths!

Esther Greenleaf Murer is a longtime contributor to The New Verse News. She lives in Philadelphia.