This is the poem composed of lines found on page 56 by various facebook friends back in 2011.
ALWAYS AWARE OF SOME THING
(found on the fifth line of page 56 in various texts
during National Book Week, 2011)
Almighty God, who after the creation of the world didst rest from all thy works
and sanctify a day of rest for all thy creatures:
Grant that we, putting away all earthly anxieties,
may be duly prepared for the service of thy sanctuary,
and that our rest here upon earth may be
a preparation for the eternal rest promised to thy people in heaven;
through Jesus Christ our Lord
The vision of God’s peace,
spread over all God’s creation,
opened the door to a glorious vision of history–
men stumbling and falling–
it’s been going since forever.
Their pottery and their extraordinary
anthropomorphic clay coffins,
found in the Gaza strip,
also reveal influences from Egyptian art.
I had been born again
only about two years and was, as now,
searching always for truth.
The relevant history suggests
that fourteenth-century theology
is too heterogeneous and eclectic
to allow such homogenizing assumptions
to shape any study.
But no matter the occasion
or person being introduced,
the gesture itself is a powerful
sign of respect. . .
From the meadow came a dozen satyrs,
who reminded me painfully of Grover.
“I’m going to say a word about him,” Grace said.
“He was uncertain
about the direction of the story,
explaining that he did not ‘know
how to go on.’
I could barely recognize
his drawn face.”
She asked the maitre d’hotel
to set up a table near the water
in a spot of his choice,
then ordered a portable stereo tank
placed by the table.”
He knew about the nightmares
that haunted her after a series
of particularly brutal murders
by a killer named the Surgeon:
how he’d gotten drunk senior year
and kissed her and then
squeezed her hand so hard
it should’ve hurt but it didn’t,
it felt wonderful the way
he was holding her
and looking into her eyes.
She had never done any teaching before,
except Sunday-school teaching,
and she had no idea how much
she ought to be paid for it,
so Grandfather was able to pay her too much
without her knowing.
Spread the meat
into two uncooked pie shells
and top with pie dough.
Food that isn’t nutritious
but appears to be
thus becomes an . . INcomplete meal
day after day.
When the mantis had crunched up
the last shred of its victim,
it cleaned its smooth green face like a cat.
Research suggests that a reduction
in mechanoreceptor afferent input
can result in the development
that can be identified in the clinical setting.
The therapist said
she would probably always eat that way.
Baby had also begun to imitate
the playful sounds of adults –
coughing, smacking lips,
making ‘the raspberries,’ and the like.
I’ve never seen anything like it before.
from paying guests.
We’ll find the money
The next time you observe a horse
in action or standing still,
whether a real horse
or a visual depiction,
try looking at him through new eyes,
such as the eyes of the Hindu poet
of the Upanishads
who saw his entire world
echoed in the horse’s body.
We always expect
to be aware of some thing.
(When I “find” a poem, I allow myself to tweak grammar a bit. I can also remove words, but I can’t add anything significant. The italics in this piece indicate a change I made. I think I got them all!)