Map to Every Heaven

Hunger without cold
is tolerable one day longer.

Bandaged with night
a bone starts to mend crooked.

A preacher who missed his calling
insistes a homeless man

recite the whole book of psalms
before allowing him to fill a shelter vacancy.

Choose this dry space
not the indentation of a storefront doorway.

Unlearn the blackness
of the preacher’s Christian robes.

Look between tree limbs
to the emptiness between stars.

Think of this scene as a net
to harvest glowing fish from an endless ocean.

copyright © 2023 Kenneth P. Gurney

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