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Reverence, Defined

Crystal Barrick '11

more than obeisance,

             bent knee, swept
             leg, eyes lowered
             only for a second.

more than a right

             hand dipped in water
             before entering
             the building.

remove your sandals

             at the foot of
             the mountain, our bed, burning
             tree booming names.

reverence is a small bud

             into the shape of some name
             not yours.

giving the last

             drop of water
             from your canteen
             to the desert floor

in hopes of a mustard plant, exaltation.

About the Author: Crystal Barrick '11 studies literature, education, and the fine art of fixing things.

Published by: in Poetry, Volume 67: Issue 2

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