i am a little church

by Robert Crowder Jr.

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i am a little church (no great cathedral) 
– i do not worry if briefer days grow briefest,
i am not sorry when sun and rain make april 

my life is the life of the reaper and the sower;
my prayers are prayers of earth’s own clumsily striving 
(finding and losing and laughing and crying)
children whose any sadness or joy is my grief or my gladness

around me surges a miracle of unceasing
birth and glory and death and resurrection:
over my sleeping self float flaming symbols
of hope, and i wake to a perfect patience of mountains 

i am a little church(far from the frantic
world with its rapture and anguish)at peace with nature 
– i do not worry if longer nights grow longest;
i am not sorry when silence becomes singing 

winter by spring, i lift my diminutive spire to
merciful Him Whose only now is forever:
standing erect in the deathless truth of His presence 
(welcoming humbly His light and proudly His darkness) 


e.e. cummings




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