Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, FOR OUR BETTER GRACES, by JAMES GALVIN

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First Line: God loves / the rain, not us
Last Line: "her fragrance
Subject(s): God; Love; Pine Trees; Rain; Trees

God loves
the rain, not us.
Ours is
what spills over,
what we look for
that finds us:
by association.
Cloud shadows
feel their way,
rapid and blind,
over the face
of the prairie.
Pine trees
atop the ridge
row the world
into the dampblack sky.
God's mistress
rides by
on a feather of water.
After she is gone
her fragrance
is everywhere.

Used with the permission of Copper Canyon Press, P.O. Box 271, Port Townsend, WA
98368-0271, www.cc.press.org

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